edited by Jennifer Turpin and Lester R Kurtz
contributions by Riane Eisler, Johan Galtung, Robert Jay Lifton, Christopher G Ellison, John P. Bartkowski, Yuan-Horng Chu, Philip Smith, Robert Elias and Birgit Brock-Utne
University of Illinois Press, 1996
Cloth: 978-0-252-02261-6 | Paper: 978-0-252-06561-3
Library of Congress Classification HM281.W4 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.6


Violence is a topic of concern everywhere--in the media, in churches, in the halls of governments. In every land and in every culture violence is considered by most to be taboo, a last resort. Yet under certain conditions, from the level of the family to the level of nations, violence is used as a mechanism of social control. Various rationalizations thus emerge to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate violence.

The Web of Violence explores the interrelationship among personal, collective, national, and global levels of violence. This unique collection brings together a number of internationally known contributors to address the genesis and manifestations of violence in the search for a remedy for this confounding social problem.

As the global community becomes more intimate, we must better understand the nature of violence. The Web of Violence supports this aim by examining the dangerous human phenomenon from many perspectives, at different levels, and using multiple methodologies.

Contributors: Robert Jay Lifton, Christopher G. Ellison, John P. Bartkowski, Yuan-Horng Chu, Philip Smith, Robert Elias, Birgit Brock-Utne, Riane Eisler, Johan Galtung