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Men and violence: Sizing up how men size up one another
Men and violence: Sizing up how men size up one another

Daniel Fessler is out at UCLA's Drake Track Stadium to do a bit of discreet academic observation. Spying, really, with a smidgen of fibbing. It's fall 2013. Headlines are fading about a Florida jury's acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer who had killed unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. Just about no one outside of Missouri has even heard of the city of Ferguson. But Fessler, an associate professor of anthropology at the university, believes he's uncovering a crude mental shortcut that may shed light on those confrontations and help explain why men resort to violence. First, his undergraduate research assistants will have to lure male students into doing a...

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