Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City

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Harvard University Press, 2009 - Всего страниц: 372
This book offers an explosive look at violence in America--why it is so prevalent, and what and who are responsible. David Courtwright takes the long view of his subject, developing the historical pattern of violence and disorder in this country. Where there is violent and disorderly behavior, he shows, there are plenty of men, largely young and single. What began in the mining camp and bunkhouse has simply continued in the urban world of today, where many young, armed, intoxicated, honor-conscious bachelors have reverted to frontier conditions. Violent Land combines social science with an engrossing narrative that spans and reinterprets the history of violence and social disorder in America. Courtwright focuses on the origins, consequences, and eventual decline of frontier brutality. Though these rough days have passed, he points out that the frontier experience still looms large in our national self-image--and continues to influence the extent and type of violence in America as well as our collective response to it. Broadly interdisciplinary, looking at the interplay of biological, social, and historical forces behind the dark side of American life, this book offers a disturbing diagnosis of violence in our society.
 

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VIOLENT LAND: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City

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Timely, rich, and surprisingly nimble, Courtwright's orderly examination of patterns of violence and disorder in American history ranges from the ``passing migratory anomalies'' that created the ... Читать весь отзыв

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Courtwright (history, Univ. of North Florida) has written a timely book on one of the most hotly debated issues, violence in America. Observing historical, biological, and social origins of the ... Читать весь отзыв

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The Historical Pattern
1
Biological and Demographic Roots
9
Cultural and Social Roots
26
The Geography of Gender
47
The Altar of the Golden Calf
66
The Cowboy Subculture
87
The Ecology of Frontier Violence
109
Women and Families
131
Marriage Boom Urban Bust
198
Ghetto Violence
225
The Crack Era
247
Life in the New Frontier Society
270
Bibliographic Note
283
Abbreviations
285
Notes
287
Index
347

Chinatown
152
The Floating Army
170

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David T. Courtwright is John A. Delaney Presidential Professor at the University of North Florida.

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