Lonnie Athens Revisited: The Social Construction of Violence

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Researchers are continually looking for the definitive answer to the question of what causes violence; whether it is a product of biology or socialization or, perhaps, a bit of both. Lonnie Athens, a criminologist, is known primarily for his theory about the unique transforming process gone through by individuals to become dangerous, violent offenders. Athens, himself, said that discourse about the etiologies of violent behavior cannot be broken down into a dichotomous model; either bio-physiological or socialization, but rather should be conceptualized more holistically. This paper analyzes Athens's theory within a greater context of leading theories about violence.

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Glasner, A.T. (2013). Lonnie Athens Revisited: The Social Construction of Violence. Journal of Aggression and Violent Behavior. 18(2), 281-285. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2012.11.020