07/ 28 / 10 Recreational Violence Emily Huff University of Northern Iowa Social Problems
Recreational Violence “ We don’t have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war...
Participants <ul><li>Two individuals engaging in fighting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performing for an audience of peers </li><...
Consequences <ul><li>Physical </li></ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul><ul><li>Schools and Parents held responsible for events on...
Cultural Consequences <ul><li>Immortality through Imaginary Audience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos make heroes out of fight...
Community Application <ul><li>Discipline Referrals </li></ul><ul><li>Case of Greer* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Struggled academ...
Societal Causes “ The fight club offers the chance to bring […] fantasies of violence and danger to life . . .”
Young Dogs & Boys <ul><li>Fascination with violence and blood </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting is energetic “play” </li></ul><ul...
Moral Justification <ul><li>Aware that violence is not socially acceptable </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational violence = (viol...
It’s a Sport <ul><li>Violence, aggression and body as a weapon are commended </li></ul><ul><li>Violence in Sports vs. Viol...
See it & Believe It <ul><li>Pain is entertaining </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Detachment from reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Structural Solutions
Awareness <ul><li>Break the first rule of Fight Club* </li></ul><ul><li>Violence is inherently wrong, fights secretive </l...
Video Sharing <ul><li>Number of violent teen videos shared on YouTube has increased in 2 years </li></ul><ul><li>13 hours ...
Individual  Solutions
Communication <ul><li>Open dialogue about violence </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of teen activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pr...
Other Avenues <ul><li>Other ways to gain a masculine identity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...
Conclusion <ul><li>Well educated, “good” kids </li></ul><ul><li>Compartmentalized, detached from realities of violence </l...
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  1. 1. 07/ 28 / 10 Recreational Violence Emily Huff University of Northern Iowa Social Problems
  2. 2. Recreational Violence “ We don’t have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit” – Fight Club Definition: Violent activity with clearly defined, self articulated rules, willing participants, a sense of pleasure in the activity and an absence of any malicious intent.
  3. 3. Participants <ul><li>Two individuals engaging in fighting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performing for an audience of peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitored by an audience of peers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Suburban high school males </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spanning socioeconomic status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Middle class and upper-middle class more likely to participate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solid educational backgrounds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solid moral values </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Consequences <ul><li>Physical </li></ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul><ul><li>Schools and Parents held responsible for events on their property </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blue Springs, Missouri </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assault, trespassing, disturbing the peace, loitering, etc. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cultural Consequences <ul><li>Immortality through Imaginary Audience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos make heroes out of fighters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sense of fame and popularity through violence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Detachment from Violence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase in non-recreational violent behavior </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Community Application <ul><li>Discipline Referrals </li></ul><ul><li>Case of Greer* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Struggled academically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fame and validation in fighting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Displaced educational goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical damage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Societal Causes “ The fight club offers the chance to bring […] fantasies of violence and danger to life . . .”
  8. 8. Young Dogs & Boys <ul><li>Fascination with violence and blood </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting is energetic “play” </li></ul><ul><li>Primal and primitive </li></ul><ul><li>Aggression and violence contribute to the formation of a masculine identity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teens in a period of identity formation and exploration </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Moral Justification <ul><li>Aware that violence is not socially acceptable </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational violence = (violence – malicious intent) </li></ul><ul><li>Detached from the concept of violence </li></ul>
  10. 10. It’s a Sport <ul><li>Violence, aggression and body as a weapon are commended </li></ul><ul><li>Violence in Sports vs. Violence for Sport </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age/Restrictions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supervision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. See it & Believe It <ul><li>Pain is entertaining </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Detachment from reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Tom and Jerry pain” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet video phenomenon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant gratification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zero to Hero </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chance at immortality & fame </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Structural Solutions
  13. 13. Awareness <ul><li>Break the first rule of Fight Club* </li></ul><ul><li>Violence is inherently wrong, fights secretive </li></ul><ul><li>Public awareness and attention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research, law enforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education of dangers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NFL head injury information </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Video Sharing <ul><li>Number of violent teen videos shared on YouTube has increased in 2 years </li></ul><ul><li>13 hours of content every minute </li></ul><ul><li>Viewers flag inappropriate and violent content </li></ul>
  15. 15. Individual Solutions
  16. 16. Communication <ul><li>Open dialogue about violence </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of teen activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proud Parent example </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education on dangers </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor violent media (computer) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not to censor, but to open dialogue </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Other Avenues <ul><li>Other ways to gain a masculine identity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Football </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wrestling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Involvement </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Conclusion <ul><li>Well educated, “good” kids </li></ul><ul><li>Compartmentalized, detached from realities of violence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self assess recreational fighting to be acceptable and not culturally malignant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bring awareness to the problem through positive encouragement and education </li></ul>

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