Men and Violence: Gender, Honor, and Rituals in Modern Europe and America

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Petrus Cornelis Spierenburg
Ohio State University Press, Jan 1, 1998 - History - 279 pages
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There is growing interest in the history of masculinity and male culture, including violence, as an integral part of a proper understanding of gender. In almost every historical setting, masculinity and violence are closely linked; certainly violent crime has been overwhelmingly a male enterprise. But violence is not always criminal: in many cultural contexts violence is linked instead to honour and encoded in rituals. We possess only an imperfect understanding of the ways in which aggressive behaviour, or the abstention from aggressive behaviour, contributes to the construction of masculinity and male honour. In this text eight scholars explore the interrelationship of masculinity, honour and the body. The essays focus on the United States and Western Europe from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
  

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well-researched, well-documented. Spierenburg's knowledge and understanding of violence in early modern and modern Europe is among the best of anyone alive today. Read full review

Contents

Male Violence
37
Dueling Honor and Politics in Liberal Italy
64
The End of the Modern French Duel
82
Knife Fighting and Popular Codes of Honor
103
Homicide and Knife Fighting in Rome 18451914
128
Violent Firemen in the NineteenthCentury
159
The Victorian Criminalization of Men
197
Lynching
213
References
255
Contributors
275
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