Violence in Canada | 2nd Edition
PUBLISHER: Transaction Publishers
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Many people consider Canada, particularly in comparison to itssouthern cousin, as a "peaceable kingdom. However, as thehistorical record demonstrates, Canadians have never been a thoroughlynon-violent people. Violence in Canada highlights from aninterdisciplinary perspective the major areas and contexts whereviolence takes place.
Consisting of thirteen contributions, the book forms anindispensable guide to the subject. All of the authors are experts intheir field, many with international reputations, and are drawn fromthe fields of sociology, political science, history, and criminology.The foreword by Ted Robert Gurr, author of Violence inAmerica, is followed by an historical analysis of violence on theCanadian western frontier. Other scholars describe contemporaryviolence: by and against indigenous peoples, women, children, and theelderly; in labor-related disputes; homicide; police and prisonviolence; terrorism; and discuss government responses and policyimplications. Each chapter specifically addresses the sociological andpolitical dimensions of violence. The authors make ample use ofstatistics and empirical research. Jeffrey Ian Ross'sintroduction outlines the sociopolitical dynamics of violence, and hissummary chapter offers directions for future research. When the bookwas first published in 1995 it was widely praised by scholarly journalsand has since become a standard text in the study of violence andmodern Canadian cultural studies.
The book is all the more valuable as its new introduction places itsfindings in the context of research that has been produced since theoriginal publication. Violence in Canada will be of interestto sociologists, criminologists, and political scientists.
PUBLICATION DATE: 2/6/2004
CATEGORY: Social Science