Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

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Vintage Books, 1997 - Social Science - 306 pages
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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Incredibly informative and thought provoking work!
This should be a must read for high schools and colleges.

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Gandhi said the deadliest form of violence is poverty. We also learn that shame causes violence, and that crime and punishment are two sides of the same evil coin. Punishment--not quarantine. We also ... Read full review


Violence as Tragedy
Entering the World
Dead Souls

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James Gilligan, M.D., directed the Center for the Study of Violence at Harvard Medical School. He is the former medical director of the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Massachusetts prison system.

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