Revenge : A Short Enquiry into Retribution

Revenge : A Short Enquiry into Retribution

Description

Revenge is a primal force at the heart of conflict and justice, as ancient as humanity itself. 'Getting even' can restore the balance of relationships and bring order; it can fill the vacuum left by imperfect or unfair justice systems. But revenge can get out of hand, and spirals of revenge are notoriously destructive. Digital media has created a new generation of armchair avengers, settling real or imaginary scores and provoking new ones. Unless it is perceived to serve a socially acceptable purpose, such as addressing a national threat, salvaging honour or defeating a competitor, revenge is most often frowned upon. In this bold new book, Stephen Fineman lifts the lid on revenge, exposing its intriguing contours across the workplace, intimate relationships, societal justice, wars and politics. He explores the psychology and experience of revenge and some of its more recent manifestations, such as cyber-stalking and revenge pornography. When should retribution be tolerated, or even celebrated? If we are all potential avengers, what does that say about us? Revenge tackles one of society's greatest challenges.


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Details

Author(s)
Stephen Fineman
Format
Hardback | 224 pages
Dimensions
138 x 216 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
Publication date
15 Dec 2017
Publisher
Reaktion Books
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
1780238401
ISBN13
9781780238401
Bestsellers rank
1,514,680