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Different Responses to Violence in Japan and America

John P.J. Dussich, Paul C. Friday, Takayuki Okada, Akira Yamagami, and Richard D. Knudten
ISBN: 978-1-881798-32-3
2001/201 pages

A CriminalJusticePress Project

"An excellent supplement to any comparative criminal justice course, particularly at the graduate level."—Crime and Justice International

"Will reward readers who are hungry for comparative insights into the causes and contexts of violence."—David T. Johnson, The Law and Politics Book Review

"Different Responses to Violence in Japan and America is one of the very few sophisticated comparative forays into the heart of issues of crime and fear of crime... This pioneering work is the product of scholars who have been closely identified with efforts to broaden the horizons of criminological study and to cross national boundaries. [This book] conveys the lesson that the level and nature of crime in a society can only be understood by comprehending the elements of that society's culture - its ethos and values."—Gilbert Geis, University of California, Irvine

"[This is] perhaps the only book that deals with the differences between Japan and America quantitatively, and it is the only book that is written jointly by experts in Japan and in America.... A great addition to comparative research."—Liqun Cao, International Journal of Comparative Criminology


  • Introduction.
  • Cultural Responses to the Threat of Violence.
  • The Thresholds of Violence.
  • Influences on Fear of Crime Victimization.
  • Weapons and Attitudes toward Violent Responses.
  • Justificationns for Police Use of Violence.
  • Theoretical Implications.
  • Summary and Implications.
  • Appendixes.