The second edition of Inequality and Violence in the United States: Casualties of Capitalism (2004) won the Best Book of the Year award from the Marxist Section of the American Sociological Association. In the third edition, Dr. Chasin updates and expands the previous material, discussing the significance of the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis, access to firearms, and white supremacist movements. Written in a readable, accessible style, this book is a thoroughly documented account of the importance of connecting economic and political inequalities to dangers people face. The book emphasizes the importance of recognizing both structural and organizational violence, as well as discussing forms of interpersonal violence. Chasin analyzes relationships between social class, race/ethnicity, gender, and the three forms of violence.
Barbara H. Chasin is professor emerita, Montclair State University.
Chapter 1. Defining Violence – Types of Violence
Chapter 2. Explaining American Violence – Five Approaches
Chapter 3. Inequality in the United States
Chapter 4. Social Class and Organizational Power
Chapter 5. Political Inequality – Corporations and Government
Chapter 6. Organizational and Structural Violence Against Consumers and Communities
Chapter 7. Health Issues as Structural and Organizational Violence
Chapter 8. Violence Against Workers and the Unemployed
Chapter 9. Criminal Violence: Interpersonal, Organizational, and Structural
Chapter 10. Experiencing Violence – Racial and Ethnic
Chapter 11. Gender Violence
Chapter 12. Militarism and Violence – Who Benefits?
Chapter 13. Militarism – Who Loses?
Chapter 14. Militarism – Structural and Interpersonal Violence
Chapter 15. Reducing the Casualties
"This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand the political and economic roots of the inequality and violence we witness in the contemporary United States and puts it in historical perspective. Barbara H. Chasin writes with incredible lucidity, making complex concepts and connections easy to understand for readers of all levels."
"Dr. Chasin’s in-depth examination of violence in contemporary American society offers readers a clear understanding of how the violence enacted by institutions and structures is veiled through the ways such acts are discursively justified as normal, justified, or necessary. The updated edition’s analysis of the violence enacted through manufacturing misinformation about COVID-19 and corporate complicity in the opioid epidemic are especially poignant. This book is a must read for anyone seeking to understand injustice, power, and violence in American society."
“Well-written, well researched with gripping details and broad analysis: a revealing, hard-hitting book of much value. . .”
“Chasin manages to make a significant contribution . . . by broadening our definition of violence. Though Chasin . . . focuses on the impact of class inequality on interpersonal violence, she demonstrates that in order to truly understand the deleterious impacts of capitalism one need only examine the characteristics of those who who are killed or injured in the workplace, the characteristics of those that die or are maimed fighting to protect our nation; the characteristics of those that suffer from man-made environmental hazards.”
1/30/23, Against the Grain: Presented an extended interview with Barbara Chasin about her book Inequality & Violence in the United States. The interview ran for fifty minutes.