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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Setting aside the fact I was literally looking forward to reading this for years after reading the chapter on the book's central argument, there's a lot of excellent things to be said about Gilligan's ... Read full review

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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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