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Table of Contents: Social Issues Firsthand: Violence Chapter 1: Violence and Everyday Life (This section includes accounts and reflection on different kinds of violent behavior such as bullying, gang activity, hate crimes, school violence, and harassment that occur in schools, playgrounds, on the streets, and in recreational areas) 1. "Learning How to Handle Conflict in the South Bronx" by Geoffrey Canada. (From Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, Beacon Press 1995. Witnessing his inner-city mentor's interactions, a young man begins to understand how breaking the implicit rules of the street will lead to violence.) 2. "Before the Columbine Massacre" by Michael Paterniti. (From "Esquire", July 1999. (In this poetic account of the violent massacre of students and faculty at Columbine High School, the narrator paints a picture of how ordinary everyday life can be shattered in seconds.) 3. "Standing up to School Violence" by Elizabeth Rusch. (From "Know Your World Extra", February 2002. A third grader in Tucson organizes an anti-violence protest at the high school across from her elementary school.) 4. "Harassed for Being Different" by Rhee Gold. (From "Dance Magazine," November 2001). A man reflects on his youth as a dancer and the harassment he was subjected to by his male peers. 5. "I Hate Everyone Not Like Me" By Storm Trooper Steve. (From Voices from the Future: Our Children Tell Us About the Violence in America, 2002. A self- identified skinhead conveys his hatred for non-white, non-Christian groups.) Chapter 2: Perpetrating Violence (This section includes accounts by violent offenders, those who engage in violence as a form of defense, and those who harbor violent fantasies). 1. "Confessions of a Date Rapist" by Jack M. (From an online site Surviving to Thriving: Healing and Hope for Survivors of Sexual Violence. A young man describes his eventual realization that a woman he met at a bar was victimized by him.) 2. "My Dad Helped Me Confront a Bully" by Mikel Jollett. (From "Men's Health", October 2004. A high school nerd stands up to a school bully after learning a lesson from his father that he would never learn in school.) 3. "I Killed My Father" by Mark. (From Voices from the Future: Our Children Tell Us about Violent America, Random House 1993. Witness and victim to his father's rage, a teenager narrates how and why he killed his father.) 4. "Understanding Violence as Fantasy" by Jane Katch. (From Under Deadman's Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play, 2001. A teacher attempts to understand the meaning of a student's obsession with violence.) Chapter 3: Survivors and Witnesses of Violence (This section covers accounts of survivors of violent experiences, those who have witnessed violent acts and those who have been affected by a victim's death or trauma by violence.) 1. "Witnessing School Violence" by Melissa Miller and Cate Baily. (From Scholastic Scope, September 1999. A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting recreates her experience of that fatal day.) 2. "A Prisoner's Violent Death" by Jean Carbone. (From "America", January 2002. A physician's assistant recounts her attempt and failure to save a prisoner's life.) 3. "My Child was Murdered" by Miriam. (From Homicide Survivors: Misunderstood Grievers, Baywood Publishing, 2002. A mother describes the murder of her son Raymond and the subsequent grieving process.) 4. "I Was the Scene of a Crime" by Nancy Venable Raine. (From After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back, Crown Publishers, 1998). A woman provides a detailed account of her experience in the hospital in the immediate aftermath of a rape.) Chapter 4: Retribution, Renunciation, and Forgiveness. (This section includes accounts of violent offenders who have renounced violence, survivors seeking reconciliation and/or retribution for their family members' deaths and men coming to an understanding of their own ability to engage in violence). 1. "Meeting My Sister's Murderer" by Ron Carlson. (From Don't Kill in Our Names: Families of Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty by Rachel King, Rutgers University Press, 2003.) The brother of a murder victim explains how he got to know his sister's killer before she was executed in Texas in 1998. 2. "A Friend of Mine Was Raped" by Gerald. (From Surviving the Silence: Black Women's Stories of Rape, Norton, 1998. After hearing his friend tell him that she was the victim of acquaintance rape, a young man understands he is capable of bringing greater awareness of sexual violence to his community. 3. "A Death Row Convict Writes to Help Others" by Vince Beiser. (From "Mother Jones" December 2005. A death row inmate edits a bimonthly prison literary magazine and uses the money the magazine earns to hand out scholarships to family members of homicide victims. 4. "We Are All Capable of Violence" by Charles Bowden. (From Harpers Magazine, August 1998. A police beat reporter for a daily newspaper recounts his constant confrontation with murder victims and his capacity to understand the desires that fuel violence.) 5. "After Constantine's Death, I Wanted His Murderer to Die" by Olga Polites. (From "Newsweek", January 2004. After a relative's brutal murder, the author reflects on why she can no longer be a proponent of the death penalty.)
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Violence -- United States.
Youth and violence -- United States.
School violence -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions.