Small Arms, Crime and Conflict

Small Arms, Crime and Conflict

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This book focuses on the use of small arms in violence and attempts by the state to govern the use and acquisition of these weapons. It is likely that hundreds of thousands of people are killed every year as a result of armed violence - in contexts ranging from war zones to domestic violence. This edited volume examines why these deaths occur, the role of guns and other weapons, and how governance can be used to reduce and prevent those deaths. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, ranging from anthropology through economics to peace and security studies, the book's main concern throughout is that of human security - the causes and means of prevention of armed violence. The first part of the book concerns warfare, the second armed violence and crime, and the last governance of arms and their (mis)-use. The concluding chapter builds on the contributors' key findings and suggests priorities for future research, with the aim of forming a coherent narrative which examines what we know, why armed violence occurs, and what can be done to reduce it. This book will be of much interest to students of small arms, security studies, global governance, peace and conflict studies, and IR.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 164 x 246 x 26mm | 662.24g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 11 black & white tables
  • 0415567009
  • 9780415567008
  • 1,736,920

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Author Information

Owen Greene is an internationally recognised expert on issues of conflict and security, and author or co-author of 9 books and over 180 research articles. Nic Marsh is a researcher at PRIO (Peace Research Institute of Oslo).

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'Small Arms, Crime and Conflict is a useful resource to complement the annual small arms survey reports that many of the authors in this book have also contributed to over the years. This book is excellent in reviewing past research into SALW, challenging it, and providing new insights.' - Alex Vines, International Afairs, Vol. 88, 2, March 2012 'This volume is a vital contribution for small arms researchers and Africanists interested in the role that SALW flows play in conflicts that they study. Beyond that, the book's methodological discussions and portrayal of the transformation of a field study should prove enlightening.' - Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa

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