Violence
ISBN: 0593156625
EAN13: 9780593156629
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 1, 2022
Pages: 496
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Using discourses from across the conceptual and geographical board, Toby Miller argues for a different way of understanding violence, one that goes beyond supposedly universal human traits to focus instead on the specificities of history, place, and population as explanations for it.

Violence engages these issues in a wide-ranging interdisciplinary form, examining definitions and data, psychology and ideology, gender, nation-states, and the media by covering several foundational questions:

  • how has violence been defined, historically and geographically?
  • has it decreased or increased over time?
  • which regions of the world are the most violent?
  • does violence correlate with economies, political systems, and religions?
  • what is the relationship of gender and violence?
  • what role do the media play?

This book is a powerful introduction to the study of violence, ideal for students and researchers across the human sciences, most notably sociology, American and area studies, history, media and communication studies, politics, literature, and cultural studies.

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5
   Well worth the read
There are three generations of abuse victims - Patricia, Chelsea and Ella. And there is another pandemic going on. I wasn't sure how well I would like this book at the beginning because it's not a comfortable read. I'm so glad I kept going because it turns out that it was a very good story, Beckham said. Overall, this is a great story told well. Thanks to NetGalley for the book and for the honest review.
 
5
   Original Plotline & Favorable Characters
I've read the book, and I'm a huge fan of Simon's. It was an original storyline with relatable characters that you can't help but root for, Melissa said.
 
5
   Work your way through the first few chapters
This is an easy book to finish, but it's a maddeningly difficult one to start. The protagonists are THOROUGHLY beaten, cowed women who have no idea that resistance to their abusers is even possible, let alone how to go about it. In the first quarter of the book, I almost quit because it was so difficult to read their abuse and be just as helpless as they were to do anything about it. But it gets better—much, much better—and the multiple payoffs are well worth it. It's great to be back home, said Blair. If you liked it, you'll be glad you did.
 
5
   Tough read for some, but cathartic
I've read many of her books, and I love Dawson's writing. The setting of this novel occurs within a post-apocalyptic world that feels familiar, perhaps too familiar. While the second that titles this book plays an important role, it is second to the violence that is already prevalent in this part of the world. If you have been a victim of domestic violence or experienced abuse, this may be a tough read. It's also extremely cathartic, and I highly recommend giving it a try.
 
5
   Powerful
No wonder English never said "yes." What a beautiful gesture of compassion. A lot of things are just mechanical, frustratingly real. It's a lot of work, but if you read the whole thing, you'll understand.
 
3
   needs tightening
It had an interesting premise, abused women, different types of abuse and a pandemic that produced violence, the book said. what was good about it, was the personal growth of the three women and how they claimed their lives back, he said. The disease was both disturbing and a good symbolic theme. The main problem I had with it was it was too long, and it ended up feeling slow and way too much detail. If it had been tightened up a bit, it would have been a stronger story, Mr. Rule told the inquiry.
 
5
   didn't want to put it down
I really enjoyed it, said Blair. Heed the author's warnings about the content - it's not a comfortable read at first, but it's worth it.
 
3
   OK
It's called the Violence." There is nothing but violence against women. Some are people who want to punish, control, and degrade others. It's just a matter of time, said Blair McBride, executive director of music for AOL Europe. Some of the books have been written about something that infects others and turns them violent. The whole thing is a travesty, said James Zilkhai, director of music for AOL Europe. After a while, I think I just got physically exhausted by the amount of violence, he said. The kid looked at me and said, “Oh, c'mon!
 
5
   Absorbing thriller about finding your strength
The Violence is an all-too-plausible near-future tale of three generations of women in a family shattered and shaped by domestic violence. From grandmother Pat, who accepts maltreatment as a cost of doing business, to her daughter Chelsea, who doesn't know who she wants to be, to fierce teen Ella, who doesn't know who she wants to be, they are all trapped by men who think that getting their way is the only way. When a second post-Covid epidemic sweeps the US, all three of them have to grapple with the violence they've already faced in addition to the terrifying and senseless violence all around them. But the novel refuses to remain grim, with moments of peace and humor spread generously through all three women's journeys toward finding safety, opportunity, and family.
 
5
   Great book
I've read all the books, and I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert. I love the new look of the magazine, Grunwald said. The plot was well developed and the characters were well developed, Crowe said. A mix of fiction and non-fiction. A future pandemic story and an exploration of relationships and family systems. The writing must have been good technically speaking because I didn't notice anything wrong, but I wasn't paying attention because I was so absorbed into the story, he said. Overall, I have no complaints at all about this book.
 
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