On Defining Violence, and Why It Matters

  title={On Defining Violence, and Why It Matters},
  author={Sherry Hamby},
  journal={Psychology of Violence},
  • S. Hamby
  • Published 1 April 2017
  • Psychology
  • Psychology of Violence
Accurate definitions of phenomena are essential to any scientific enterprise. A definition of violence should be fully capable of accounting for the exclusion of behaviors such as accidents and self-defense, and the inclusion of behaviors such as child abuse, sexual offenses, and manslaughter. Violence research has produced numerous and sometimes conflicting definitions of violence that can be organized into 4 general camps: the exemplars approach, the social psychology approach, the public… 

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