Update on Social Understandings of Violence

Thomas Blume
2017 Michigan Family Review  
In a 1996 Michigan Family Review article I explored ways of understanding violence in social context. That article was written during a time of escalating increased community violence in the U.S. --and heightened public concern with public safety. I applied three socially oriented perspectives to understanding community violence and its prevention: functional analysis, social constructionism, and systems theory. In this update I reflect on 20 years of changing patterns of violence, changing
more » ... al understandings of violence, and implications for prevention as well as treatment.
doi:10.3998/mfr.4919087.0020.102 fatcat:67mrpczfxbfvfdxdbbjirdwsj4