Violence

terrorism, genocide, war

By Sofsky, Wolfgang & Bell, Anthea

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ISBN
978-1-86207-614-3
Publisher
London : Granta, 2003.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on September 20, 2004

To those fortunate souls who live without the threat of aggression, violence often seems random and senseless. But Sofsky, a German professor of sociology, argues that brutality has discernible rules and patterns. The massacre, the police action, the death march--each method of group violence"follows its own laws," and each has a common aim:"to spread terror, instill respect and dispel tedium." Similarly, violent individuals, like the assassin, the mercenary and the berserker, also have a reason for their behavior: to achieve a euphoric state of total liberty. One who beat...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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