Aggression and Violence: A Social Psychological Perspective - Frontiers of Social Psychology (Hardback)Brad J. Bushman (editor)
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This book provides a broad and contemporary overview of aggression and violence by some of the most internationally renowned researchers in the field. It begins with an integrative theoretical understanding of aggression and shows how animal models shed light on human aggression and violence.
Individual risk factors for aggression and violence from different research perspectives are then examined. First, there is a cognitive neuroscientific, neuropsychological, and psychophysiological study of the brain. It then explores the developmental psychological factors in aggressive behavior, incorporating work on gender and the family. Other perspectives include the role of testosterone, individual differences, and whether humans are innately wired for violence.
The following sections moves from the individual to the contextual risk factors for aggression, including work on the effects of adverse events and ostracism, guns and other aggressive cues including violent media, and drugs and alcohol.
Targets of aggression and violence are covered in the next section, including violence against women and loved ones; aggression between social groups; and the two very contemporary issues of cyberbullying and terrorism.
The book concludes with work showing how we may make the world a more peaceful place by preventing and reducing aggression and violence.
The volume is essential reading for upper-level students and researchers of psychology and related disciplines interested in a rigorous and multi-perspective overview of work on aggression and violence.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 330
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
Aggression is one of the grand puzzles of behavior that every society has to solve (and rarely solves to perfection). This book is a wonderful overview of both the classic wisdom and the latest findings on aggression. It provides a wealth of diverse perspectives, and may be the best edited book on aggression in many years. Anyone seeking to be brought up to date on these important phenomena should buy this book.
-Roy F. Baumeister, author of Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty
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