Rethinking Violence in American Life
By Christopher B. Strain
(Vanderbilt University Press, Paperback, 9780826517425, 162pp.)
Publication Date: February 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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In "Reload," Strain traces our modern-day conception of violence from the struggle to survive on the American frontier, through evolving gender roles in recent centuries, to the hysteria surrounding video and role-playing games and the more recent disturbing phenomenon of school shootings. Strain shapes nothing less than a profound meditation on American violence and a "primer" on understanding what can often appear to be a profoundly dangerous nation.
In addition to serving as a comprehensive overview of the state of violence in America, "Reload" also suggests ways of combating the trends that lead to tragedy.