Reload

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Reload

Rethinking Violence in American Life

By Christopher B. Strain

Vanderbilt University Press (TN), Paperback, 9780826517425, 162pp.

Publication Date: February 18, 2011

Description
A "Choice" Outstanding Academic Title of 2011
When incidents of extreme violence flare in America, all too often they are framed as isolated aberrations. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Christopher Strain argues in his new book, "Reload: Rethinking Violence in American Life." The unpleasant fact, as he reveals in this highly readable study, is that American violence is inextricably woven into the fabric of our national heritage and experience.
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.


About the Author
Christopher Strain is Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Florida Atlantic University, and is author of "Pure Fire: Self-Defense as Activism in the Civil Rights Era" and "Burning Faith: Church Arson in the American South."