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NCJ Number: 148600 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Social World of Black Men
Author(s): W Oliver
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 198
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Publication Number: ISBN 0-669-27952-8
Sale Source: Lexington Books
866 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on extensive interviews with 41 black males who have been involved in violent confrontations in one city in upstate New York, this book discusses the causes and effects of the high rates of violence committed by black persons against other black persons.
Abstract: The analysis focuses on the circumstances that lead to arguments and violent confrontations between black males in bars and settings such as poolrooms, gambling parlors, cheap restaurants, and street corners adjacent to bars. The analysis also focuses on how unemployment, poverty, a pervasive frustration with society, and drug abuse lead to high rates of assault and homicide among black men in the United States. Issues considered include the factors that precipitate violence, the men's feelings and attitudes as a fight develops, how onlookers contribute, the rationale for becoming involved, the role of alcohol and other drugs, and how the incident could have been prevented. The analysis concludes that the need to be tough when confronted with acts of disrespect is the most significant factor contributing to violence among black males. Appended study instrument, index, and 232 references (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Black juvenile delinquents; Black/White Attitude Comparisons; Interpersonal relations; New York; Social conditions; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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