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David Wästerfors


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Violence : Situation, Speciality, Politics, and Storytelling


  • David Wästerfors

Summary, in English

This book considers how the concept of violence has been interpreted, used, defined, and explored by social researchers and thinkers. It does not provide a final answer to the question of what violence is or how it should be explained (or prevented), and instead offers a variety of useful ways of thinking about and theorising the phenomenon, mainly from a sociological standpoint.

It outlines four ways of understanding violence:

• Violence as situation: the tension that exists between category-driven and situational explanations.

• Violence as speciality: the study of particularly violent actors, and how they may be understood by reference to childhood histories, technologies, institutions, culture, class, and gender.

• Violence as politics: political violence and violent politics.

• Violence as storytelling: representations of violence from a narrative perspective.

Concluding with reflections on possible convergences between the four approaches and new directions for research, this book offers a unique and experimental approach to discussing and reconstructing the concept of violence. It is essential reading for criminologists, sociologists, and philosophers alike.


  • Sociology

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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary




  • ISBN: 9781003263579