Violence and Society
NOTE: Articles marked with an (*) in the reading list are available on OCRA.
Weeks 1 & 2: Violence Defined
Aaron T. Beck. Prisoners of Hate: The Cognitive Basis of Anger, Hostility, and Violence. Entire Book.
*Susan M. Cunningham. 2000. “What we teach when we teach about violence.” The HFG Review, 4, 4-9.
Film Screening: Do the Right Thing
Week 3: The Mass Media and Violence
Sisela Bok. Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment. Entire Book.
*George Comstock. 2008. “A sociological perspective on television violence and aggression.” American Behavioral Scientist, 51, 1184-1211.
*Jaqck Glaser, Jay Dixit, and Donald P. Green. 2002. “Studying hate crime with the internet: What makes racists advocate racial violence.” Journal of Social Issues, 58, 177-193.
Film Screening: Weapons of Mass Deception
Week 4: Individualism
Charles Derber. The Wilding of America: Money, Mayhem, and the American Dream (fifth edition). Entire Book.
Film Screening: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Week 5: Boys and Gangs
Sudhir Venkatesh. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets. Entire
*Mark Totten. 2003. “Girlfriend abuse as a form of masculinity construction among violent,
marginal male youth.” Men and Masculinities, 6, 70-92.
Film Screening: Crips and Bloods: Made in America
Week 6: Girls and Gangs
Jody Miller. One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender. Entire Book.
Film Screening: The Interruptors
Week 7: Bullying
Rachel Simmons. 2003. Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. Entire Book.
*Rebecca Griffin Smith and Alan M. Gross. 2006. “Bullying: Prevalence and the effect of age and gender.” Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 28, 13-37.
Film Screening: Rats and Bullies
Week 8: School Violence
Katherine S. Newman, Cybelle Fox, David J. Harding, Jal Mehta, and Wendy Roth. Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings. Entire Book.
*Glenn W. Muschert. 2009. “The Columbine victims and the myth of the juvenile superpredator.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 5, 351-366.
Film Screening: Elephant
Week 9: Sex Trafficking
Siddharth Kara. Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery. Entire Book.
*Janice G. Raymond. 2004. “Prostitution on demand: Legalizing the buyers as sexual consumers.” Violence against Women, 10, 1156-1186.
Film Screening: Human Trafficking
Week 10: War
Chris Hedges. 2002. War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. Entire Book.
*Dorothy Morgos, J. William Worden, and Leila Gupta. 2007. “Psychosocial effects of war experiences among displaced children in southern Darfur.” Omega, 56, 229-253.
Film Screening: In the Valley of Elah
Week 11: Religious Violence
Mark Juergensmeyer. Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (third edition). Entire Book.
*Israela Silberman, E. Tory Higgins, and Carol S. Dweck. 2005. “Religion and world change: Violence and terrorism versus peace.” Journal of Social Issues, 61, 761-784.
Film Screening: Abortion Providers under Siege
Weeks 12 & 13: Terrorism
Michel Wieviorka. 1993. The Making of Terrorism. Entire Book.
*Khaled Fattah and K. M. Fierke. 2009. “A clash of emotions: The politics of humiliation and political violence in the Middle East.” European Journal of International Relations, 15, 67-93.
*Monica Prasad, Andrew J. Perrin, Kieran Bezilla, Steve G. Hoffman, Kate Kindleberger, Kim Manturuk, and Ashleigh Smith Powers. 2009. “‘There must be a reason’: Osama, Saddam, and inferred justification.” Sociological Inquiry, 79, 142-162.
*John A. Updegraff, Roxane Cohen Silver, and E. Alison Holman. 2008. “Searching for and finding meaning in collective trauma: Results from a national longitudinal study of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 709-722.
Film Screening: Munich
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