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作者 Peterson del Mar, David, 1957-
書名 Beaten down : a history of interpersonal violence in the West / David Peterson del Mar
出版項 Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2002
國際標準書號 0295982608 (alk. paper)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 歐美所圖書館  303.60978 P44267 2002    在架上  -  30500101345836
說明 x, 300 p. ; 24 cm
附註 Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-287) and index
The word "violence" conjures up images of terrorism, bombings, and lynchings. Beaten down is concerned with more prosaic acts of physical force--a husband slapping his wife, a parent taking a birch branch to a child, a pair of drunken friends squaring off to establish who is the "better man." David Peterson del Mar accounts for the social relations of power that lie behind this intimate form of violence, this "white noise" that has always been with us, humming quietly between more explosive acts of violence. Broad in its chronological and cultural sweep, Beaten down examines interpersonal violence in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia beginning with Native American cultures before colonization and continuing into the mid-twentieth century. The author has drawn on a vast array of vivid sources, including newspaper accounts, autobiographies, novels, oral histories, historical and ethnographic publications, and hundreds of detailed court cases to account for not only the relative frequency of different forms of violence, but also the shifting definitions and perceptions of what constitutes violence. This is a thoughtful and probing account of how and why people have hit each other and the manner in which opinion makers and ordinary citizens have censured, defended, or celebrated such acts. His conclusions have important implications for an understanding of violence and perceptions of violence in contemporary society.
主題 Violence -- West (U.S.) -- History
Violence -- British Columbia -- History
Interpersonal conflict -- West (U.S.) -- History
Interpersonal conflict -- British Columbia -- History
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