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Violence in America

Violence in America
The History of Crime

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Volume: 1

June 1989 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Violence in America: The History of Crime presents a wealth of new research on the long-term dynamics of murder and other crimes of violence. The contributors clearly identify and diagnose the painful circumstances of recurring epidemics of violent crime that have swept the American society over the past 150 years. Among the possible causes discussed are waves of immigration, the social dislocations of war, and growing concentrations of urban poverty. In addition, this engaging volume offers an evaluation of the traits of political assassins and an assessment of the pros and cons of gun control--and whether or not it will help to reduce crimes of violence. Surprisingly, the contributors to this compelling volume present the idea that the past and present dynamics of violent crime, projected into the future, suggest grounds for cautious optimism. This outlook is based on recent increases in effective criminal justice policies and the widespread efforts to remedy the social disintegration that breeds violent crime. Students and professionals in history, criminology, victimology, political science, and other related fields will find this volume to be essential reading. (For both volumes) "This is a major, timely, and immensely welcome addition to the literature on violence in American society. With fresh scholarship and new insights, it updates a classic study of violence first published in 1969. It would make a valuable addition to courses on American social history as well as classes specifically addressing violence and crime in this society." --John J. Broesamle, California State University, Northridge

Foreword to the 1988 Edition
Ted Robert Gurr
The History of Violent Crime in America
An Overview

Ted Robert Gurr
Historical Trends in Violent Crime
England, Western Europe, and the United States

Roger Lane
On the History (and Future) of Homicide in America
The Size, Shape, and Social Significance of Long-Term Trends

Eric H Monkkonen
Diverging Homicide Rates, England and the United States, 1850-1875
Neil Alan Weiner and Margaret A Zahn
Violence Arrests in the City
The Philadelphia Story, 1857-1980

Roger D McGrath
Violence and Lawlessness on the Western Frontier
Mark H Haller
The Business of Politics of Violence

Colin Loftin, David McDowall and James Boudouris
Economic Change and Homicide in Detroit, 1926-1979
James W Clarke
Identifying Potential Assassins
Some Situational Correlates of Dangerousness in America

Don B Kates Jr
Firearms and Violence
Old Premises and Current Evidence

Margaret A Zahn
Homicide in the Twentieth Century United States
Trends, Types, and Causes

Wesley G Skogan
Social Change and the Future of Violent Crime in the United States
Richard Maxwell Brown
Crime, Law, and Society in America
From Industrial Society to the Information Society


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ISBN: 9780803932289