Violence, Aggression, and Coercive Actions

Pages: 463
Item #: 4318340
ISBN: 978-1-55798-257-5
List Price: $29.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $29.95
Copyright: 1994
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Psychologists, sociologists, and criminologists continue to study whether or not some individuals are predisposed to violence or if violent behavior is learned. Their investigations have led to a third critical question: How do the ends relate to the means when violence is used to influence social outcomes?

In Violence, Aggression, and Coercive Actions, authors Tedeschi and Felson describe a provocative theory that focuses on social conflicts and the concepts of power, influence, social identity, and retributive justice. Tedeschi and Felson begin with a thorough examination and critique of the traditional theories of aggression; including the biological, physiological, and criminological perspectives. The authors synthesize key findings of these and other theoretical perspectives to support and define their own social interactionist theory of aggression which explores face-to-face confrontations and the intent of the aggressor's particular actions.

Violence, Aggression, and Coercive Actions presents a strong theoretical foundation for practical analysis and intervention. Particularly useful are discussions surrounding pornography and TV/media violence, as well as sexual coercion and parenting styles (abusive discipline/ normal deterrents).

Scholarly, well-referenced, and clearly organized, Violence, Aggression, and Coercive Actions offers a new theory about aggression that is rooted in social and psychological perspectives. Because of its interdisciplinary approach, the book will be appropriate for psychology, sociology, and criminology audiences. The book's extensive focus on theory will make it an invaluable primary or supplemental text in the classroom.

Table of Contents


I. Traditional Theories and Research on Aggression

  1. Biological Factors and Aggression
  2. Frustration, Aversiveness, and Aggression
  3. Physiological Arousal and Aggression
  4. Learning Theory and Aggression
  5. Criminological Theories

II. A Theory of Coercive Actions

  1. Coercive Actions and Aggression
  2. Decision Making and Coercion
  3. Perceived Injustice and the Expression of Grievances
  4. Social Identities and Coercive Actions

III. Two Applications of Social Interactionist Theory

  1. Parents and Children
  2. Sexual Coercion

IV. Epilogue

  1. Coercive Actions and Aggression


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors