West Building 1001
Section Information for Spring 2017
Violence is epidemic in America. Sociologists study many forms of violence including riots, wars, serial killers, violence in the home, between gangs, gun violence, hate-crime violence, violence within minority communities, capital punishment, and even violence against ourselves. When violence is analyzed using a race, class, and gender framework, several important findings quickly appear rise to the top. There are, for example, many important differences in the ways that violence is gendered. Men perpetrate far more violence than women and most of it they perpetrate upon each other via war, gang violence, gun violence, and the type of violence that unfolds in the sport arena. In these cases there are important race and class differences as well, both in terms of who the victim of the violence is and who the perpetrator is. Minority men are more likely to be killed in homicides (they are also more likely to be the perpetrator), white men are more likely to be serial killers, and minority men are more likely to be killed in war (though white men most often wage these wars, most often against poor countries populated by non-white people). Certain forms of violence, for example rape and intimate partner violence are particularly interesting because they almost always involve both men and women. Most often, though, men are the perpetrators and women are almost always the victims. In order to explore these various issues related to violence and to understand them by utilizing various sociological theories of violence, students will be required to read a variety of theoretical and empirical works as well as communicate their discoveries through written and oral assignments.