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,Violenceshould 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  - Louis Postel - Goodreads

So many people in the Women's Movement talk about Gilligan's wife Carol - and for good reason. Now I am finding James Gilligan equally great. A shrink who ran the treatment programs for violent ... Read full review

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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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Contents

Violence as Tragedy
1
Entering the World
29
Dead Souls
45
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Gilligan has been on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 1965, for 25 years directing the provision of psychiatric services to the Massachusetts prisons and prison mental hospital. He is president of the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy.

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