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Perspectives on Violence and Violent Death

UW-L Author: Gerry R. Cox, Ph.D. Emeritus
Sociology/Archaeology
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Baywood Publishing Co.

Stevenson, Robert G., and Gerry R. Cox. Perspectives on Violence and Violent Death. Death, value, and meaning series. Amityville, N.Y.: Baywood Pub, 2008.

This book examines violence. It looks at the nature and types of violence, the causes of violence, and the emotional wake left by violent episodes. In the twentieth century, the world experienced two world wars and countless other wars. Many millions died violent deaths from murder, death squads, purges, riots, revolutions, ethnic cleansing, rape, robbery, domestic violence, suicide, gang violence, terrorist acts, genocide, and in many other ways. As we entered the twenty-first century, we experienced 9/11, the Red Lake School deaths, suicide bombers, and more mass death brought about by the actions of governments, revolutionaries, terrorists, and still more wars. The need to better understand violence, both lethal and non-lethal, to become aware of the many forms of violence, and to learn how to survive in the aftermath of violent death are the focus of Perspectives on Violence and Violent Death. People are urgently seeking answers to these problems of violence, in its many forms. Some individuals and groups work to limit violence in a particular area. Others want to address broader issues, to limit violence in all of its many forms. If people do not want violence to continue at its present level, decisions have to be made. We know that no decision can be better than the information on which that decision is based. That is the seminal idea that led to the writing of this volume. A well-known and well-respected group of contributors provides information that can assist decision-makers with their difficult task. Intended Audience: Caregivers: counselors, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, and parents; educators: teachers and administrators in elementary and secondary schools and college instructors; and general readers.

About the Author

Dr. Gerry Cox has been actively involved in service to his profession, universities, colleges, departments, and communities throughout his over 25 years of teaching. In recognition of his dedication to service, Dr. Cox received the 2000 Distinguished Service Award from the Midwest Sociological Society. Dr. Cox has been actively involved in a wide variety of service activities. At the international level, he has been actively involved with the International Workgroup on Death, Grief, and Bereavement. This organization has approximately 130 nominated and elected members from approximately 25 nations from around the world who are considered leaders in the death awareness field. This international reputation is enacted on the local and regional level with the training he conducts for hospice volunteers for both local hospitals and for hospice organizations in several states. He regularly visits the dying at the request of families/physicians and gives talks to hospitals, church groups, civic clubs, and schools. In the community, Dr. Cox serves on the board of Friends of the Public Library, and is actively involved in their work. Since arriving at UW-L in 1997, Dr. Cox has become as deeply involved as he has been at other universities throughout his career. At UW-L he has served on a variety of committees, and has chaired the library committee and several search and screen committees. Dr. Cox's service to students is also well recognized, having served on 10 thesis committees, been adviser for the Sociology/Social Issues Clue and Alpha Kappa Delta, and regularly assisting at men's and women's basketball games, track and cross country meets, and wrestling meets.

From the UW-L College of Liberal Studies "Recognition of Excellence" Award for Service

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