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Violence and Public Anxiety

A Canadian Case


This book examines perceptions of violent behaviour and compares public opinion with statistics and past events. How do the press and special interest groups shape public opinion and official concern about violence? Using the example of the unrest in 1930s Newfoundland, the book also provides a model for analysing the complex and shifting relationship between social and economic conditions, violence and popular protest, state policy and public anxiety. Leyton reviews the influence of the media; O'Grady looks at the role of official crime statistics; Overton discusses how assumptions about the past can distort the present.


This volume should be included in any collection of materials on politics or policy relating to social control.

- Ken Hatt, Canadian Public Policy

This is an extremely competent piece of work – well reserached and scholarly. .. the material presented here certainly needs to be published. .. indeed, much of what the authors achieve, especially in squaring off people's feelings about escalating violence against. .. statistical reality, I didn't think could be achieved.

- Dr. David Riches, University of St. Andrews, Scotland