Violence in Popular Culture
American and Global Perspectives
by Laura L. Finley, Editor
November 2018, 308pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5432-3
$94, 79€, A135
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Do violent films and television shows make viewers more prone to committing acts of violence?

A comprehensive resource, this book reviews current and historical examples of violence in film, television, radio, music, music videos, video games, and novels.

Despite decades of attention and various attempts to enact legislation that limits violence in American popular culture, it remains ubiquitous across films, television, radio, music, music videos, video games, and popular fiction. Studies have shown that programs marketed to children are often remarkably violent and that viewing or otherwise consuming such violence has numerous negative effects on children’s psychological health. This book sheds light on the scholarship related to violence in popular culture and compares historical and current examples, analyzing popular shows such as Game of Thrones, video games such as Mortal Kombat, young adult fiction including the trilogy The Hunger Games, and more.

Not only does Violence in American Popular Culture provide a comprehensive review of the research about the effects of violence in media, but it also offers detailed assessments of violent content in various expressions of popular culture. In addition, it invites readers to compare violence in American popular culture with that globally via entries on violence in popular culture outside the United States. An appendix of additional resources and primary sources gives readers further tools for deepening their understanding of this complex and controversial issue.


  • Informs about issues and controversies related to violence in popular culture today
  • Includes entries on a diversity of genres, both historical and contemporary
  • Offers a global comparison via significant entries about violence in popular culture outside the U.S.
  • Features an easy-to-read format and includes introductions and other accompanying materials
Laura L. Finley, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She is author, coauthor, or editor of nineteen books, numerous chapters, and journal articles; and is a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice. In addition, Dr. Finley is actively involved with a number of local, state, and national organizations devoted to peace, justice, gender equality, and human rights.


"An excellent compilation of essays and scholarship on violence in current American and global society."—ARBA, February 4, 2019

"High school students and undergraduates would find this book useful for papers on current events and controversies."—Choice, April 1, 2019
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