Contemporary Society and the Phenomenon of School Rampage Shootings in the United States: A Theoretical Approach to Understanding



In this chapter, the author explores what is currently known about the history and prevalence of school rampage shootings, its putative causes, and implications for social and educational policy as well as future research. Because of the limited and contradictory findings contained in empirical research studies, the author also draws upon published works that offer philosophical, theoretical, and literary explorations of the causes and implications of school rampage shootings. While not intending to diminish or negate the existence and outcomes of other forms of violence in schools and communities, this chapter focuses on rampage shootings, which have primarily taken place in predominantly White, suburban, and rural schools.


Corporatization Gun control Media Mental illness Postmodern 


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  1. 1.Oakland UniversityRochesterUSA

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