Over the years, such individuals were viewed as possessed by devils, suffering from brain fever, mentally retarded, or having missing out on emotional connections with other humans.There are continuing debates about whether or not society has actually become more violent (Warr, 1994).For an action to be considered violent, it needs a victim or a group of victims.The interpersonal nature of violence seems to call for explanations or understandings that also are interpersonal.Quite different theories may each be useful in different ways, and each may also be valid as it describes a part of the whole experience.Some social theorists have attempted to create "metatheories" that incorporate and reconcile a number of more limited, specific theories.Implications for prevention and intervention are examined.
What these understandings have in common is their emphasis on the common—rather than the individual—experience.
" but rather "Why does this naturally occurring, socially undesirable activity happen more in some circumstances than in others?
" Attention to the social aspects of violence can seem to excuse individual actions and, as a result, to encourage more violence.
Individuals can be in the same place or be exposed to the same events electronically, or they can use a symbolic means to communicate their experiences to others.
It is the combined experiences of many individuals, shared in these ways, that makes up a culture, a society, or a family.