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Violence in America: The History of Crime (Violence, Cooperation, Peace) Paperback – June 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0803932289 ISBN-10: 0803932286

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  • Series: Violence, Cooperation, Peace (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (June 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803932286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803932289
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on January 26, 2008
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The collection of case studies, in Part I of this two-part series on violence in America, adequately sets the historical scene for volume II, which deals in a historically sweeping way with protest, rebellion and reform. While much of the material in volume I now needs updating, for its time, it was seminal and groundbreaking, following as it did in the quake of the race riots in the aftermath of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

A great deal of what appears in part I are "empirical case studies" of violence in the U.S. compared with that in other countries, Europe in particular. And although I take issue with one of its main conclusions (that the differences between violence in Europe and the U.S. is more of degree than kind), the studies themselves are well researched, sharply drawn, and tightly woven, if somewhat too narrowly focused for my taste. However, each taken individually is a five star effort.

Were I unfamiliar with professor Gurr's impressive and much larger corpus of work on international violence, I might be inclined to criticize the case studies as being much too narrowly focused to draw any general systemic conclusions about violence in the nation more generally. But since I am familiar with his work, I will restrict my comments to a single passing comment about "case study research in general." As others have noted before me, sufficiently restricted, case studies "tell us more and more about less and less."

In fact, that is the feeling one gets when completing the two volume set. As the editor noted in the preface, "the most intractable source of social and political conflict in our nation and in its history remains the resistance of Black Americans to their inferior status and the efforts of whites to keep them there.
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By Crystal S. on September 23, 2014
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