CSU, Chico News

Sociologist Discusses His Book, ‘When Killing Is a Crime,’ for Colloquium

Date: 12-03-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Sociologist Tony Waters, California State University, Chico, will be the keynote speaker for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Colloquium on Monday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. He will talk about ideas from his recently published book, “When Killing is a Crime.”

Waters said that his book is about how different societies have viewed killing and murder in different times and places. “The book looks at both the micro-sociological level of the violent act itself, as well as how a society responds to killing,” said Waters. “It draws on a wide-range of examples, including urban gangs in Washington, DC, the Salem witchcraft trials, Wild West barroom brawls, Albanian blood feuds, and many others. In terms of scale, the book ranges from killing on the inter-personal scale resulting from inter-personal combat, to killing organized by governments.”

Sociologist Matthew T. Lee, University of Akron, wrote that the book is “Entertaining enough to hold the attention of undergraduates, and analytical enough to be used by graduate students and scholars.”

Waters has been teaching criminology and other courses in the Department of Sociology at CSU, Chico since 1996. He was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, and a visiting professor at Zeppelin University in Germany. His other books include “Crime and Immigrant Youth,” published in 1999, “Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan,” published in 2001, and “The Persistence of Subsistence Agriculture,” published in 2007. He is also interested in the sociology of education, refugees and international economic development.

Waters’ keynote address follows a poster session for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, where students and faculty from various departments, including geography, child development, anthropology, economics, psychology, political science and social work present their research.

The events are free and open to the public.