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By Leonard Beeghley

Echoing Durkheim's Suicide, this e-book makes a speciality of one very important phenomenon to give an explanation for higher currents in American society. Leonard Beeghley examines the ancient and cross-national dimensions of homicides and evaluates past makes an attempt to provide an explanation for it. He unearths the resources of America's homicide price within the better availability of weapons, the growth of unlawful drug markets, better racial discrimination, extra publicity to violence, and sharper monetary inequalities. He deftly blends the proof concerning each one of those elements right into a well-reasoned sociological research of the character of yankee society.

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Note, however, that the combination of the footprint of the house and the shape of the lot sometimes means that most people go in and out the back door. But doors need not always be used; it is simply easier to do so. Thus, although it is harder, some people (a teenager seelung to evade parents, a burglar) will use a window as a means of entry and exit. And, although harder still, it is possible to imagine using a sledgehammer to force an opening through a wall. Thus, the characteristics of the house (the social context) determine rates of behavior, making some acts relatively easy and others more difficult.

A preventive vaccine was not invented until even later, in 1954. This pattern characterizes the declining death rate from nearly all the infectious diseases that used to kill people. So the only possible explanation is that either the disease-causing organisms declined in virulence or some aspect of the environment improved. Evidence shows, however, that virulence remained unchanged. But the environment (social context) did change: Food supplies increased and the level of nutrition improved (leading to better resistance to disease), and sanitation also improved (leading to less exposure).

As I have suggested, explanations of why individuals lull are valid and useful, both by themselves and as a complement to structural analyses. But the latter cannot be reduced to the former. As Emile Durkheim argued, and as I have tried to show, a structural analysis must be conducted at its own level. ^^ From this angle ofvision, then, the rate of homicide, and other social phenomena, reflects the social structure: They must be explained in their own terms. The question is: What sort of data should be used to explain the high American homicide rate?

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