SOC 220 Week 7 Discussion 2

SOC 220 Week 7 Discussion 2


Collective violence is an act of violence committed by a large group of individuals, such as genocide or terrorist attacks. War and terrorism are both examples of collective violence that affect millions of people worldwide every year. This micro class will teach you the ins and outs of war, terrorism, and how they affect our micro level of society.

People tend to assume that war and political violence is a historical thing of the past, but it is a part of our daily lives. We are currently at war and terrorism is ever-present. This course will show you not just what wars have gone on throughout history, but also how they have affected individuals on more than just a macro level.

How can we promote peace in a world of violence? This course will focus on one type of collective violence and how to prevent, address, or transform this type of violence. Through analysis of historical and contemporary events students will gain a deeper understanding of how war forms, how war affects an individual, how war affects business, and how to promote long lasting peace.

As the title indicates, this book focuses on the group and collective violence that is endemic to society. In War and Terrorism: A Sociological Perspective, authors Kenneth D. Bailey and Lorna J. Dodd examine five types of collective violence: crime, domestic abuse, war and terrorism, cultural conflicts, and genocide. Through their investigations, students will learn about the social forces at work within these forms of collective violence in order to create a more peaceful world.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where we are all affected by collective violence. But having the knowledge of what’s out there is essential to our life and mental well-being. War and terrorism are two of the most visible, ongoing displays of collective violence that affects almost every nation on earth. When people think of war or terrorism, the death and destruction immediately come to mind. But there are so many more devastating and harmful effects that are unknown to most people. These effects can be seen on a micro level as well as a macro level. Peace studies help uncover some of these unknown repercussions in order to better prepare ourselves and society for the justice needed to prevent this social problem from occurring.

This course will explore collective violence, a term which refers to conflict that involves several hundred or more persons. We will focus on different types of collective violence, including war and terrorism.

In this course, you’ll learn about the causes of collective violence, ranging from war to terrorism and genocide. You’ll explore the social-psychological factors that contribute to human aggression, such as intergroup conflict and altruism. The course addresses a number of contemporary issues involving collective violence, including mass incarceration in the United States and gun violence in the United States and around the world. You’ll also examine how psychologists have studied these issues from a number of different perspectives, including social-cognitive psychology and cross-cultural psychology.

The Comparative Politics of Collective Violence This course introduces students to the causes, dynamics, and effects of collective violence. The first part focuses on types and causes of collective violence such as war, terrorism, riots and other forms of social protest. The second half focuses on consequences of collective violence especially at individual and group levels. The course develops theoretical conceptualizations that help explain why some individuals engage in fatal collective action and what influences their preferences for protest or violence. Key concepts include a) violence as an expression of conflict between groups regarding material interests; b) structural structures that influence mobilization for collective action; c) political institutions that influence incentives for violence or peace; d) cognitive-cultural models of variation in inclination toward violence.

Collective violence refers to any behavior that involves groups and institutions, in which the participants results in violent behavior. Some types of collective violence include riots and demonstrations, as well as war, guerilla fighting and terrorism.

In the book Violence and Society, the authors consider the various ways in which we must redefine violence if we are to understand it in our societies today. Considerations of violence range from the large-scale (war, terrorism) to the symbolic (football violence), and are placed within broader frameworks relating to gender, ethnicity and race. The book’s focus on social structures and social change offers students a valuable introduction to sociology as well as an understanding of how different societies experience their own forms of violence.

In this class, you will learn how to think critically and analytically about peace and conflict. You will also be able to identify how to address contemporary social problems, such as violence at schools, in communities, and in the international system. In our quest for global peace and justice, we will investigate causes of violent behavior, explore alternatives to violence, examine the ramifications of terrorism and genocide and delve into nonviolent methods for effectively resolving conflict on personal, academic, local, national, and global levels.

Discrimination, prejudice, and stereotyping are the backbone of the inequality operating in American society today. Americans still face widespread discrimination despite the fact that all citizens are guaranteed equal protection under the law. Although much progress has been made through the passage of civil rights legislation, most race and gender related inequalities have proved difficult to eliminate completely.”




What is one type of collective violence? How extensive and widespread is this type of violence? What historical and contemporary factors contribute to this type of violence? What are some of the consequences of war and terrorism socially? How has our current involvement in war affected individuals on a micro level? 

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