List price: $24.95 s
- Also available:
- Hardback: $49.95 s
- 5.5in x 8.25in
- Publication Date
Rethinking Violence in American Life
Christopher B. Strain
Author BioChristopher Strain is Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Florida Atlantic University, and is author of Pure Fire: Self-Defense as Activism in the Civil Rights Era and Burning Faith: Church Arson in the American South.
Main DescriptionWhen incidents of extreme violence flare in America, all too often they are framed as isolated aberrations. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Christopher Strain argues in his new book, Reload: Rethinking Violence in American Life. The unpleasant fact, as he reveals in this highly readable study, is that American violence is inextricably woven into the fabric of our national heritage and experience.
In Reload, Strain traces our modern-day conception of violence from the struggle to survive on the American frontier, through evolving gender roles in recent centuries, to the hysteria surrounding video and role-playing games and the more recent disturbing phenomenon of school shootings. Strain shapes nothing less than a profound meditation on American violence and a "primer" on understanding what can often appear to be a profoundly dangerous nation.
In addition to serving as a comprehensive overview of the state of violence in America, Reload also suggests ways of combating the trends that lead to tragedy.
ReviewsA Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2011
"Indispensable for any criminal justice collection. Essential."
"One of the most valuable pieces of scholarship on the subject of violence and American culture that I have read."
--David Griffith, author of A Good War Is Hard to Find
"Reload is a literate guide through the American cultural landscape. Strain offers bold suggestions for reducing lethal violence in America."
--Jeffrey Goldstein, author of Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent Entertainment