Comprehending Columbine (Google eBook)

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Temple University Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Education - 264 pages
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On April 20, 1999, two Colorado teenagers went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School. That day, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve fellow students and a teacher, as well as wounding twenty-four other people, before they killed themselves. Although there have been other books written about the tragedy, this is the first serious, impartial investigation into the cultural, environmental, and psychological causes of the massacre. Based on first-hand interviews and a thorough reading of the relevant literature, Ralph Larkin examines the numerous factors that led the two young men to plan and carry out their deed. For Harris and Klebold, Larkin concludes, the carnage was an act of revenge against the "jocks" who had harassed and humiliated them, retribution against evangelical students who acted as if they were morally superior, an acting out of the mythology of right-wing paramilitary organization members to "die in a blaze of glory," and a deep desire for notoriety. Rather than simply looking at Columbine as a crucible for all school violence, Larkin places the tragedy in its proper context, and in doing so, examines its causes and meaning.
  

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User Review  - Elpheaba - Goodreads

I regret spending money on this book (that very rarely happens to me). The author has too many generalizations, chases too many rabbit trails, and makes blatantly untrue statements. For example, in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Unlike any other book on Columbine, Comprehending Columbine is an extensively thorough sociological research analysis of the culture and climate surrounding Columbine High School and the connected ... Read full review

Contents

ARMAGEDDON WELL ALMOST
1
GODS COUNTRY
17
CULTURAL WARS AT COLUMBINE
39
THE PEER STRUCTURE OF COLUMBINE HIGH
62
THE OTHER COLUMBINE
82
ERIC AND DYLAN
122
FROM OKLAHOMA CITY TO COLUMBINE
155
DEAD CELEBRITIES
175
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
196
METHODOLOGICAL APPENDIX
231
NOTES
237
REFERENCES
241
INDEX
249
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Ralph W. Larkin, Ph.D. is owner of Academic Research Consulting Service and a Senior Research Associate, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. He is the author of Suburban Youth in Cultural Crisis and (with Daniel A. Foss) Beyond Revolution: Social Movements in Historical and Comparative Perspective.

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