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

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

  • Title: Violent Land: Single Men & Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City
  • Author: David T. Courtwright
  • ISBN: 9780674278714
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 mThis 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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    1. Violent Land makes an intriguing case for the author’s factors that lead to a prevalence of violent crime in society. He makes much of the gender imbalance in the West during the American westward expansion, effectively tying it to violence among a group of perpetual bachelors as the root of the issue. When it comes to modern crime, he turns the equation around to prove that an imbalance in the other direction also leads to problems.M/F ratio > Men = < domestication = more crime.M/F rati [...]

    2. I begin with a simple argument, an argument that can be stated in the form of a statistical syllogism. Young men are prone to violence and disorder; America attracted unusually large numbers of young men; therefore America, or at any rate that part of it to which the surplus young men gravitated, was a more violent and disorderly place.This book examines violence in America throughout history, focusing on frontier towns, cowboy culture, Chinatowns, migrant laborers, and the inner city. Courtwrig [...]

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