The proliferation of violence is arguably one of the most crucial topics of concern in an era of ethnic wars on one hand, and cultural debates about what constitutes violence in arenas of pornography, nationalism, race relations, the media, even environmental issues on the other. Violence and Its Alternatives fills the existing gap in the literature on violence with essays from the most influential writers in the fields of politics, psychology, sociology, gender studies, and race studies. This collection has two features not found in any other discussions of violence: first, a full spectrum of views, from now-classic treatments to postmodern considerations; and second, the first interdisciplinary study of nonviolence.
An anthology of essays on violence, from contributors in fields including politics, psychology, sociology, gender studies, and race studies. Selections offers a full spectrum of views ranging across disciplines, from classic to postmodern treatments, with looks at alternatives to violence from spiritual leaders such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Other contributors include bell hooks, Malcolm X, Andrea Dworkin, and Michel Foucault. Contains sections on definition and concepts, violence and the law, gender, race, nationalism, class, and nonviolence alternatives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)