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  • Violence Goes to College: The Authoritative Guide to Prevention and Intervention (2nd ed.)
  • Dennis E. Gregory
Violence Goes to College: The Authoritative Guide to Prevention and Intervention (2nd ed.). John Nicoletti, Sally Spencer-Thomas and Christopher Bollinger (Editors). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 2010, 369 pages, $59.95, (Hardcover)

The second edition of Violence Goes to College is an excellent resource for those who desire to have a one-stop overview of a variety of types of violence that seemingly pervade our campuses today. The murder of Yeardley Love at the University of Virginia, the ongoing scourge of sexual assault, the continued existence of hazing, bullying, and many other types of violence, once perceived as non existent on campuses seem always to be in the news. Perhaps this is due to the 24-hour news cycle and the paucity of self imposed restraint on the media, perhaps it results from an actual increase in violence, or perhaps such violence is just coming to light more often as a result of educational and awareness programs. In any case, this book examines campus violence in its many forms. The authors note that, "All things considered, college campuses continue to be one of the safest places for people to be - motor vehicles, off-campus violence, family violence, and self harm are often bigger dangers"(xiii).

While the authors, publishers or the publication data on the copyright page do not note this as an edited book, it is. The three lead authors/editors have contributed the primary content of most of the book, but seven other "contributors" are listed on various chapters as single author, lead author or secondary authors. At the end of the book three primary authors are noted as "editors." There is no indication what the level of expertise of "contributors" is on the topic about which they write other than their academic degrees and in some cases their professional positions.

The book is arranged into three sections. These include, "Leaving 'It-Will-Never-Happen-Here': Helping College Communities Acknowledge Violence Potential Without Creating Panic," "Developing Antibodies: General Prevention Strategies for the College Community," and "Strains of Campus Violence." The metaphor of violence as a virus, or at least an illness on the campus, is woven throughout the book and the primary authors, as well as several chapter authors, give a nod to this metaphor throughout. The three sections build on each other and form a logical sequence or frame within which [End Page 174] to examine the issue of campus violence. The authors seek to assist the reader in understanding campus violence and where it comes from in the larger sense, discuss ways to recognize, prevent and prepare for campus violence, and then identify and examine those types of violence that are most prevalent on American campuses.

Part 1, "Leaving 'It-Will-Never-Happen Here': Helping College Communities Acknowledge Violence Potential Without Creating Panic," includes four chapters, all of which were written by one or two of the lead authors. In these four chapters Nicoletti and Spencer-Thomas establish the metaphor of violence as a virus, seek to define violence and describe the contexts in which violence is most likely to occur, describe various risk factors that exist on campuses that make them vulnerable to violence and then hone in on alcohol use and abuse as the primary factor which serves to ignite campus violence.

Part 2, "Developing Antibodies: General Prevention Strategies for the College Community," includes six chapters. The first chapter in this section (5) written by Nicoletti and Spencer-Thomas provides guidance about how administrators may see various behaviors as threats and how they may determine which are real cues to violence. It also describes the kinds of problematic behaviors that may be the most worrisome and how to identify these. Chapter 6, by Nicoletti and Spencer-Thomas, describes how specific tools such as coalitions, intervention teams, and various campus groups might be enlisted to administer the medicine to keep the virus of violence from becoming more virulent. Chapter 7, also by Nicoletti and Spencer-Thomas describes violence prevention strategies and some of the legal issues facing admission and hiring authorities, as well as how to...

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ISSN
1543-3382
Print ISSN
0897-5264
Pages
pp. 174-175
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-26
Open Access
No
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