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Sophie Body-Gendrot How much related are present and past violence? The answers are complex due to the limited knowledge scientists have gathered, even after spending a life-time studying this very enigmatic and most serious social phenomenon called violence.

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All authors agree that the present level of interpersonal violence cannot be sufficiently understood without taking the earlier long-term decrease into account. Ted Robert Gurr , was one of these pioneers who und- took a statistical overview of the development of homicides from the Middle Ages to the present, looking at England in particular. On his curve, 20 ho- cides per , inhabitants were recorded in the High and Late Middle Ages and one case in the twentieth century put an end to the curb.

Gurr interpreted this long-term decrease in interpersonal violence as "a manifestation of cultural change in Western society, especially the growing sensitization to violence and the development of an increased internal and external control on aggressive behavior" Gurr, Currently, both the present and the past have to be considered in any attempt to answer the following questions: is the higher incidence of violence which still prevails a temporary exception or a new trend related to structural dynamics of modern societies? The answers are complex due to the limited knowledge scientists have gathered, even after spending a life-time studying this very enigmatic and most serious social phenomenon called violence.

All authors agree that the present level of interpersonal violence cannot be sufficiently understood without taking the earlier long-term decrease into account.

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Ted Robert Gurr , was one of these pioneers who und- took a statistical overview of the development of homicides from the Middle Ages to the present, looking at England in particular. On his curve, 20 ho- cides per , inhabitants were recorded in the High and Late Middle Ages and one case in the twentieth century put an end to the curb. Gurr interpreted this long-term decrease in interpersonal violence as "a manifestation of cultural change in Western society, especially the growing sensitization to violence and the development of an increased internal and external control on aggressive behavior" Gurr, Currently, both the present and the past have to be considered in any attempt to answer the following questions: is the higher incidence of violence which still prevails a temporary exception or a new trend related to structural dynamics of modern societies?

In which regions of Europe is it more specifically pronounced? More generally, this volume claims that historical knowledge of changes in violent behavior and of violence forms an indispensable contribution to an understanding of the manifestations of violence in contemporary societies.

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New York : Springer, Mode of access: World Wide Web. Snacken, Rouledge, Her first major book was Ville et violence Presses Universitaires de France, , followed by The social control of cities?

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A comparative perspective Blackwell, Both books explore the relation- ships of social inequalities including ethnicity , urban violence and crime in the context of globalisation, an issue she would pursue until her last book, Public disorder and globalization Routledge, Wihtol de Wenden, Ed. A majority of her books are based on empirically grounded analysis of American, British and French situations, with occasional forays to India, South Africa or Brazil as in her Globalization, Fear and Insecurity.

The challenges for cities North and South , Routledge, In effect, Sophie Body-Gendrot was a go-between passing on French research results to an Anglophone audience and vice-versa. She always stressed the importance of context, for example never missing an opportunity to explain to her French colleagues that one could not speak of the US in general, as some were prone to, but that it was a highly diverse country.

Reciprocally, she would also explain to an Anglo-Saxon audience the peculiarities of French views regarding secularism or discrimination as in Policing the inner city in France, Britain and the US , with C. Wihtol de Wenden, Routledge, Sophie Body-Gendrot was a tireless scholar and professor, but her numerous friends on the two shores of the Atlantic and elsewhere will remember her as a charming and generous person who faced her fatal illness with extraordinary courage, dignity and even humour.

To her husband Alain, and her daughters Loraine and Elodie we express our deepest condolences. Sophie Body-Gendrot has been a beloved friend and a clever and widely-learned intellectual. It has been a great pleasure working with her, exchanging opinions and experiences, discussing the crucial elements contemporary social and political change.


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