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Why We Watch : The Attractions of Violent Entertainment

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America is fascinated by violence - where it comes from in ourselves, how it spreads through society, and what effect it has on the next generation. This collection of essays examines numerous facets of violence in contemporary American culture, ranging across literature, film, philosophy, religion, fairy tales, children's play, photojournalism, and sports. In particular, Why We Watch is the first book to offer a careful look at why we are drawn to depictions of violence and why there is a market for violent entertainment.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 22mm | 380g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195118219
  • 9780195118216
  • 2,017,378

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This well-researched book offers insightful analyses and extensive references. * Booklist *show more

About Jeffrey Goldstein

Professor Jeffrey Goldstein teaches in the Department of Mass Communication and the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. A well-known consultant on children and media, he is the author of Psychology: An Introduction (1997), Toys, Play, and Child Development (1994), Aggression and Crimes of Violence (Oxford, 1986), and Sports Violence (1983).show more

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This collection of essays examines the many facets of violence in contemporary American culture, ranging across literature, film, philosophy, photojournalism and other media. It offers a consideration of why we are drawn to depictions of violence and why there is a market for violent entertainment.show more

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