A discussion of crime, law and society in the USA, which demonstrates that surges in crime since the 1950's have coincided with the emergence of the post-industrial society. It examines the growing popularity of the concept that persons under physical attack have the right to defend themselves.
Contents; 1 No Duty to Retreat in Law and the American Mind; 2 The Gunfighter: The Reality Behind the Myth; 3 California Conflict and the American Dream; 4 The Persistence of No Duty to Retreat: Crime, Law, and Society in America from the 1850's to the Present; 5 Conclusion: No Duty to Retreat in Retrospect and Prospect; Notes; Index;
Description based upon print version of record. Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-251) and index.