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Framing Excessive Violence

Discourse and Dynamics

  • Daniel Ziegler
  • Marco Gerster
  • Steffen Krämer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Marco Gerster, Steffen Krämer, Daniel Ziegler
      Pages 1-13
  3. Dynamics of Excess

  4. Discourse and Imagination

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-263

About this book


This book explores the dynamics of excessive violence, using a broad range of interdisciplinary case studies. It highlights that excessive violence depends on various contingencies and is not always the outcome of rational decision making. The contributors also analyse the discursive framing of acts of excessive violence.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Ziegler
    • 1
  • Marco Gerster
    • 2
  • Steffen Krämer
    • 3
  1. 1.University of GiessenGermany
  2. 2.University of KonstanzGermany
  3. 3.Brandenburg University of TechnologyGermany

About the editors

Jörn Ahrens, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany Werner Binder, Masaryk University, Czech Republic Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania, USA Marco Gerster, Konstanz University, Germany Bernhard Giesen, Konstanz University, Germany Michael Günter, Klinikum Stuttgart, Germany Jack Katz, University of California Los Angeles, USA Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki, Finland Peter Klimczak, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany Steffen Krämer, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany Anne Nassauer, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Christer Petersen, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany Sveinung Sandberg, University of Oslo, Norway Ferdinand Sutterlüty, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany Annette Vowinckel, Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany Daniel Ziegler, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany

Bibliographic information


“The essays of Framing Excessive Violence are timely, helping readers make sense of the (seemingly) unfamiliar violence of 2016. And the paradox that the volume identifies – that excessive violence transgresses social and moral codes and yet eventually becomes tamed by them – is provocative and worth further exploration.” (Jared Del Rosso, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books,, January, 2017)