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Violence can be used for good. --V in V for Vendetta

"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." --Voltaire


Violence is a general term to describe actions, usually deliberate, that cause or intend to cause injury to people, animals, or non-living objects. Violence is often associated with aggression. There are essentially two kinds of violence: random violence, which describes small-scale acts of random or targeted violence, and coordinated violence, which describes actions carried out by sanctioned or unsanctioned violent groups, such as war and terrorism.

Certain forms of violence are socially and legally sanctioned, others consist of crimes within a society. Different societies apply different standards relating to approved and non-approved forms of violence. Sometimes violence that is not accepted by a society's norms is called cruel.

Violence can be unilateral, while fighting implies a reaction, at least a defensive one.

The psychologist James W. Prescott performed a study about the cause of violence in the anthropological sense. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence [Feb 2005]

The Subculture of Violence (1967) - Wolfgang & Ferracuti

The Subculture of Violence : Towards an Integrated Theory in Criminology (1967) - Wolfgang & Ferracuti [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

In 1967, Wolfgang, along with Franco Ferracuti, published The Subculture of Violence, in which they presented their hypothesis that, based upon research conducted in inner-city Philadelphia. In the mid-1950s, violent values are uniquely widespread among African-Americans. --http://www.criminology.fsu.edu/crimtheory/wolfgang.htm [Apr 2005]

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