Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Social Science - 306 pages
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Drawing on firsthand experience as a prison psychiatrist, his own family history, and literature, Gilligan unveils the motives of men who commit horrifying crimes, men who will not only kill others but destroy themselves rather than suffer a loss of self-respect. With devastating clarity, Gilligan traces the role that shame plays in the etiology of murder and explains why our present penal system only exacerbates it. Brilliantly argued, harrowing in its portraits of the walking dead, Violence should be read by anyone concerned with this national epidemic and its widespread consequences.

"Extraordinary. Gilligan's recommendations concerning what does work to prevent violence...are extremely convincing...A wise and careful, enormously instructive book."--Owen Renik, M.D., editor, Psychoanalytic Quarterly

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User Review  - Gina Mondi - Goodreads

I had to read this book for my Psy class and enjoyed it very much. One point that Gilligan discusses is the structural violence in America and around the world. On a global scope, structural violence ... Read full review

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User Review  - Raina - Goodreads

Totally an important read for me. I often think back about what this books says about the prison culture, the violent brain, and how some people think so differently from us nonviolent types. Especially since I have both prison guards and prison inmates in my family. Read full review


Violence as Tragedy
Entering the World
Dead Souls

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James Gilligan has been on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 1965. He has served as a consultant and advisor to Tony Blair and the Law Lords in the UK; the International Criminal Tribune for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague; the American Bar Association and many state legislatures, sheriffs' departments and police comissioners. He is the author of Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and its Causes.

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