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The Beast Within: Why Men Are Violent Paperback – May 1, 2002
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There are few areas where this observation* is more apposite than that of criminology. The author is a criminologist of considerable experience — but this is not, unfortunately, a sufficient guarantee that pronouncements about criminal psychology will not be twaddle. It was thus somewhat of a relief to find this book perfectly sensible.
Why, then, *are* men violent? By the end of this opus, there is still no definitive answer — but that, in fact, is a large part of its value: it disposes of the usual simplistic replies ("testosterone", "the patriarchal society", etc.) by adducing research that shows them to be untenable. Many possible factors are considered, and I found the discussion quite well informed and interesting.
So when you get to the end, you may not know what The Answer is; but you could have a much better idea of what it isn't.
Well worth a look, in my opinion.
*from Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon