Understanding and preventing violence : the psychology of human destructiveness / Leighton C. Whitaker.

By: Whitaker, Leighton CMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Medicine Net Base eBooksPublisher: Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, c2000Description: xviii, 227 p. : ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 9781439832608 (ebook : PDF)Subject(s): Violence -- Prevention | Crime prevention | Social psychology | Forensic psychologyAdditional physical formats: No title; No titleLOC classification: HM886 | .W458 2000Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Also available in print edition.
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The failure to eradicate or effectively control violence is surely the single greatest tragedy of the 20th century. Psychologist Whitaker takes on the ambitious challenge of surveying the whole scope of human violence and identifying more effective responses to it. The first two chapters review general aspects of violence, many factors associated with conventional forms of interpersonal violence, and some possible strategies for reducing such violence. The next chapter considers group-based violence and its institutional roots, concluding with a blueprint for inhibiting it. A chapter devoted to the violence perpetrated by the CIA is followed by one focusing on the violence carried out by entire governments, with Hitler and Nazi Germany as an illustration. The book concludes with a somewhat idiosyncratic and idealistic discussion of how exemplary cases of courage and kindness can inspire efforts to diminish the expression of violent impulses among human beings. Although this book includes various nuggets of information or insights about violence, its exceptionally broad scope often results in somewhat superficial examinations of complex topics and an absence of a clearly defined overall framework. References. Advanced undergraduates. D. O. Friedrichs; University of Scranton

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