Violence: An American Tradition
Summary & Sociological Significance
Violence, a source of strength, power, dominance, fear, and death. This video documentary depicted the cycle of violence through the generations of early America to modern day America. American society that was first introduced to violence by white settlers against native Indians traveling then forward in time to the frontiers of the wild wild west where outlaws and modern day murderers would soon shape the early American character and still today underlie this country’s violent nature. As the centuries pass, so did the gene of violence get passed along with it in the form of extreme racist violence against black people and white people then continuing in the violent timeline to brutality of the urban underclass and finally to domestic abuse. Over time as our country became the greatest and freest democracy but it also became the most violent of all developed nations. Violence: An American Tradition is sociologically significant because it offers why violence can be related to crime, theoretical explanations offer ways to explain criminality in individuals as well as in society and also ties biological and psychological factors together when viewing crime as the greatest explanatory power source when broken down to individual cases. Sociological Concepts
Many different feelings and emotions surround the American right to bare arms, but what is looked at in the larger scheme of things is how having guns can increase or decrease violence with gun control over “a heated debate between those who view gun ownership as constitutional right and those who see it as responsible for the high U.S homicide rate”. As Hagan (2013) stated, “with opponents of gun control arguing that regulation would hurt only the law-abiding, who would be unable to protect themselves from the criminal would also themselves be of concern. That the very weapon purchased to protect the family against outside intruders all...
References: Hagan Frank E. (2013) Introduction to Criminology: Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior, 8th ed. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications.
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