Future of Violence by Gerald Priestland

Future of Violence by Gerald Priestland lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Sociology section.

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1974, Hardback in dust wrapper.

From the cover: It is widely, perhaps too widely, agreed that we are living in an age of violence: from mugging to rioting, bombing and hijacking and on to the organised slaughter of Vietnam. Our children seem condemned to a future where they can only survive by meeting brutality with counter-brutality

But is this true? Is this really an age of intensifying violence, or rather one of deeper conscience and wider publicity? Gerald Priestland, who has witnessed much violence in his career as a roving correspondent, insists that there are no simple answers to complex questions: in particular, that it is stupid to pick on the mass media as scapegoats, instead of analysing the kinds and causes of violence, among individuals, among groups and among nations.

Priestland believes that personal image and leadership are central; that the mad violence of the psychopath is being deliberately mimicked as a political technique; that we are much closer to eliminating war than we are to controlling terrorism and personal violence. We must realise that behind violence there lie constructive as well as destructive instincts, which we suppress at our peril. Rather than treating Sunday paper sensations as if they were science, we should be learning how to build a sane society; how to recognise and heal sickness of mind, before it does damage; and how to bring up whole and healthy children who will grow up to lead or be led in a peace which must inevitably be strenuous but need not be violent.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is slightly age-toned. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

Turquoise boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 174 pages. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5½”.

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