Violence and Violence-Control in Long-Term Perspective: ‘Testing’ Elias in Relation to War, Genocide, Crime, Punishment and Sport

  • Eric Dunning


I shall start this chapter by exploring some conceptual issues related to the thorny problem of defining ‘violence’ and related terms such as ‘aggression’. I shall then become more concrete and discuss various manifestations of violence using a long-term perspective.More particularly, I shall discuss aspects of war, genocide, crime, punishment, and violence in and in relation to leisure and sport, basing my arguments mainly on secondary sources.


Violent Crime Homicide Rate Moral Panic Social Field Tribal People 
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  • Eric Dunning
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  1. 1.Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leicester; Visiting Professor, University of Chester, Department of SociologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicester

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