Confronting Violence Face to Face

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Science  04 Apr 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5872, pp. 51-52
DOI: 10.1126/science.1156187

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Violence. A Micro-sociological Theory. By Randall Collins. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2008. 579 pp. $45, £26.95. ISBN 9780691133133.

Examining photographic, video, forensic, and ethnographic evidence of a wide range of violent situations (from schoolyard bullying to armed conflict), the author argues that violence is not easily triggered and often injures unintended victims.