Collective Violence

Collective Violence - Barkan and Snowden Collective...

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1 Barkan and Snowden, Collective Violence [Chapters 1,2 and 9] 2 types of violence: expressive vs instrumental violence o Expressive violence: - interpersonal violence - committed for emotional reasons o Instrumental violence: - committed to improve one’s perceived (social, political or cultural) position - Incorporates all forms of collective violence The rationality of collective violence: rational or irrational ? (Note: “rationality” = goal-directed) o earlier sociological explanations emphasized: - irrationality of collective violence; and - micro-level explanations; o contemporary sociology emphasizes - the rational nature of violence - macro-level explanations NOTE: Ch. 2 presents 4 broad approaches, beginning with those that emphasize “irrational” accounts and concluding with those that emphasize the “social construction” of violence A. Individual-level explanations 1. Irrationalists theories: Freud: dominant role of the unconscious; regression to childlike stage
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SOC 620264 taught by Professor Evans during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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