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Ceremonial violence : a psychological explanation of school shootings /
Jonathan Fast.
1st ed.
Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, c2008.
333 p. ; 24 cm.
1590200470, 9781590200476
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Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, c2008.
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An overview -- Case 1: Brenda Spencer : malignant narcissism -- Case 2: Wayne Lo : identity confusion -- Case 3: Evan Ramsey : childhood abuse -- Case 4: Luke Woodham : socialization into extreme violence -- Case 5: Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold : the shooting and the aftermath: grieving after an SR shooting -- Reducing the incidence of SR shootings and school violence.
Ceremonial Violence analyzes the Columbine high school shooting and four other cases and explains for the first time why teenagers commit school rampage shootings. In addition to these cases, Fast provides a detailed, clear narrative of the Columbine shootings. With his grasp of the elements of abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, sociology, and neurology that contribute to the homicidal mindset, Fast offers us a means of understanding and coming to terms with these tragedies.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [252]-327) and index.
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Fast, a novelist as well as a professor of social work (Yeshiva Univ.), explores the psychological roots of school violence through in-depth case studies of six young shooters, including Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of Columbine High. While the author hypothesizes that all of the shooters see their acts as cleansing and elevating rituals, he shows that there is no single underlying situation--parental neglect or low IQ, for example--that invariably led these young people into difficulty. Most of these teens felt alienated from their peers, although some seem to have been goaded into action by groups of aggressive so-called friends who pushed them to commit violent acts. The case studies are compelling; fans of true crime will like the book as pure narrative, while parents and educators will appreciate the suggestions for identifying potentially violent students. This is a good companion to Katherine S. Newman and others' Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings, which explores the same situations from a sociological viewpoint. Recommended for all academic and most public libraries.--Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 9
An Overviewp. 21
Brenda Spencer (Malignant Narcissism)p. 65
Wayne Lo (Identity Confusion)p. 83
Evan Ramsey (Childhood Abuse)p. 111
Luke Woodham (Socialization into Extreme Violence)p. 138
Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold: Events Leading Up to the Shooting (Stigma and Stress)p. 172
Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold: The Shooting and the Aftermath (Grieving after an SR Shooting)p. 207
Reducing the Incidence of SR Shootings and School Violencep. 236
Referencesp. 252
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 328
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