The Theatre of the Street: Public Violence in Antwerp During the First Half of the Twentieth Century (Crime and City in History #2) (Hardcover)

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In The Theatre of the Street: Public Violence in Antwerp During the First Half of the Twentieth Century Antoon Vrints offers a historical analysis of the meanings and functions of street violence in a modern European city. Commonly perceived as the senseless outcome of social disintegration in urban contexts, public violence appears here as a meaningful strategy to settle conflicts informally.
Making use of Antwerp police records, Vrints shows that the prevailing discourse on public violence does not pass the test of empirical facts. The presumed correlation between the occurrence of public violence and the decline of neighbourhood life must even be reversed to some extent. The nature of public violence paradoxically points to the crucial importance of neighbourhood networks.

About the Author


Antoon Vrints, Ph. D. (2006), Ghent University, is Associate Professor of Social History at that university. He has published monographs and many articles on the First World War and on crime and criminal justice history, including De overlevenden. De Belgische oud-strijders tijdens het interbellum (Polis, 2018).


Product Details
ISBN: 9789004416925
ISBN-10: 9004416927
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: December 12th, 2019
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Crime and City in History