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An Aesthetic Theory of School Vandalism. Discussion Papers 419 [microform] / Vernon L. Allen and David B. Greenberger
Bib ID 5341311
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Allen, Vernon L
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1977 
64 p. 
Summary

This study presents an aesthetic theory of school vandalism and reports on nine original empirical studies that are relevant to the theory. It is proposed that the act of destroying an object is very enjoyable because it is, in effect, an aesthetic experience. The theory posits that the variables accounting for positive hedonic value associated with socially acceptable aesthetic experiences are similarly responsible for the pleasure associated with acts of destruction. Theory and research in aesthetics have identified many of the important variables responsible for the positive effects that accompany an aesthetic experience. These variables are stimulus characteristics such as complexity, expectation or uncertainty, novelty, intensity, and patterning. These variables may also account for the positive affect produced by the destruction of an object. According to the theory, vandalism is caused in part by the enjoyment derived from the psychological processes manifested during the destruction of an object. Furthermore, aesthetic variables present in an object's initial appearance and in its appearance after being vandalized may serve as eliciting or discriminative stimuli for destructive behavior. After descriptions of a series of experiments, the final section of this report discusses several implications of the theory in terms of school vandalism. (Author/AM)

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Sponsoring Agency: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Aggression.  |  Behavior Patterns.  |  Conceptual Schemes.  |  School Vandalism.  |  Theories.  |  Violence.  |  Aesthetics Empirical Research
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Greenberger, David B., author  |  Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty
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