Assaultive Violence And War

James A. Mercy

in Social Injustice and Public Health

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171853
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865352 | DOI:
Assaultive Violence And War

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This chapter addresses social injustice in relation to assaultive violence and war. It considers social injustice as a cause of violence and the influence of cultural forms of injustice, including hate-motivated violence, and gender inequality, and the influence of institutional forms of social injustice, including political repression and unfair distribution of justice. Boxes in the chapter describe the relationship between war and public health and also genocide. The chapter gives suggestions on what needs to be done, including increasing the cost of injustice, deconcentrating poverty, reducing social distance, redefining harmful cultural norms, and strengthening democratic institutions.

Keywords: social injustice; genocide; economic exploitation; hate-motivated violence; poverty; gender inequality; political repression

Chapter.  9942 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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