Violence Essay

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American Academy of Political and Social Science Some Social Functions of Violence Author(s): Lewis A. Coser Reviewed work(s): Source: Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 364, Patterns of Violence (Mar., 1966), pp. 8-18 Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. in association with the American Academy of Political and Social Science Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1034749 . Accessed: 18/12/2011 12:56 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. Sage Publications, Inc. and American Academy of Political and Social Science are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. http://www.jstor.org Some Social Functionsof Violence By LEWIS A. COSER American social science has traditionally been ABSTRACT: somewhat remiss in examiningsocial conflict and social violence because of its excessive commitment to models of social harmony; this has resulted in a tame view of social structures. This paper proposes to redress the balance somewhat by discussing three social functions of violence: violence as a form of achievement, violence as a danger signal, and violence as a catalyst. A plea is made that the study of social violence be given greater emphasis in further research. LewisA. Coser, is in Ph.D., Waltham, Massachusetts, Professor Sociology the Departof mentof Sociologyof Brandeis

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