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By Ronet Bachman

This quantity is the 1st significant try to systematically learn the etiology of violence in American Indian groups. utilizing fieldwork in addition to quantitative and qualitative learn, Bachman first offers an outline of yank Indians from historic and modern views, earlier than she focuses in particular on violence and its factors. murder, suicide, and family members violence are analyzed intensive, and the harmful affects of alcohol and different addictive components are documented.

Dr. Bachman successfully makes use of own tales and narratives given by way of American Indians to demonstrate the residing truth in the back of the information she provides. She concludes with a number of coverage innovations that may be of curiosity not just to policymakers, but additionally to educational researchers and scholars in criminology, ethnic relatives, sociology, and anthropology.

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1 displays the guide for American Indian homicide that evolved from the analysis of homicide offender interviews. 1 Theoretical Model for American Indian Homicide the causal forces of social disorganization, economic deprivation, a culture of violence, and the psychological mechanisms of culture conflict and perceived powerlessness with the intervening variable of alcohol/drug abuse. Also included in the guide is the antecedent variable to each of these concepts of internal colonialism. While this was not explicitly derived from the qualitative analysis, no model explaining any phenomenon with regard to American Indians would be complete without acknowledgment of the colonization process to which our government has subjected this population.

Even more poignant was the personal narrative of an older prisoner who told of being taken from his family to attend a boarding school. "I was just holding on to my mother's dress and screaming. My mother was crying, too. " While the youths sent to boarding schools may have had group support for their identities, the youths placed in foster and adoptive homes had to integrate themselves into different racial and cultural milieus as well as attempt to solve their personal identity problems. It is not the intent here to condemn the good intentions of the foster and adoptive parents in these cases.

5 My purpose is to acknowledge the process of containment and exploitation that most American Indian people in this country have experienced. 1. This colonization process has undoubtedly contributed to economic deprivation and social disorganization within American Indian populations. Social Disorganization I was pretty much living in foster homes since I was about two. I guess my parents weren't doing too good—you know, drinking and partying. My brother got put into a different foster home, but my sister and I got in the same one.

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