Men and Violence
Gender, Honor, and Rituals in Modern Europe and America
Edited by Pieter SpierenburgHistory of Crime and Criminal Justice
279 pp. 6x9
$24.95 paper 978-0-8142-0753-6
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There is growing interest in the history of masculinity and male culture, including violence, as an integral part of a proper understanding of gender.
In almost every historical setting, masculinity and violence are closely linked; certainly violent crime has been overwhelmingly a male enterprise. But violence is not always criminal: in many cultural contexts violence is linked instead to honor and encoded in rituals. We possess only an imperfect understanding of the ways in which aggressive behavior, or the abstention from aggressive behavior, contributes to the construction of masculinity and male honor. Pieter Spierenburg brings together eight scholars to explore the fascinating interrelationship of masculinity, honor, and the body. The essays focus on the United States and western Europe from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.