Forum Theme 1
Current theories of conflict fail to develop an adequate model of the causation of violence. Greed for power is often invoked, but how greed itself develops is seldom considered. Particularly absent are models explaining the vast energy that propels violence and destruction. This essay will consider bases of greed and violence unleashed by alienation and repression of emotions. Since it appears that most men in our society are more alienated/repressed than most women, the idea of hypermasculinity is used to develop a theory of conflict. The combination of alienation with the repression of vulnerable emotions suggests a biosocial doomsday machine that leads to cascading violence and destructiveness. The way in which both men and women contribute to this system is considered.
©2006 Thomas J. Scheff
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Scheff, Thomas J.
"Hypermasculinity and Violence as a Social System,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 2
, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol2/iss2/10