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Using the unique program at the Oakland Men's Project in California as a basis, Paul Kivel, one of its founding members, shares an extraordinary approach to stopping male violence. The key...
Using the unique program at the Oakland Men's Project in California as a basis, Paul Kivel, one of its founding members, shares an extraordinary approach to stopping male violence. The key is understanding and evading the cultural forces that box men in and often reward them for violent behavior. Through exercises, thought-provoking questions, and intense self-examination, Men's Work helps men learn new rules and new roles in personal relationships and in the world at large.
Men's Work gives back to men the power and responsibility they need to unlearn the lessons of control and aggression. Going beyond the mythology of the current men's movement, this revolutionary work identifies and develops the social and political framework on which to place men's individual efforts to recover their humanity.
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A nationally known men's issues expert and cofounder of The Oakland Men's Project presents an in-depth exploration of male violence--confronting the motivations behind family abuse, sexual assault, racism, and similar behaviors--and offers tangible ways for men to overcome violent patterns and use power responsibly. Self-Help/Recovery
Posted September 22, 2003
and I disagree with his assessment that men's violence is entirely learned through society and the white man's privilege. If this were true then every man would be violent. I know that statement reads very black and white. My point is I felt this whole book was written from a black and white thinking perspective. He does not discuss other reasons why (psychological or biological issues) men might be violent. I do believe society has something to do with the way men view violence but I do not think it is the sole reason. The whole time I was reading this book I kept saying to myself, 'But what about this?' Sometimes Kivel would address some of these questions other times he wouldn't. I also thought the last chapter of the book was in poor taste. The author discusses various men's organization and what he considers wrong with them. He infers that it is okay for women to have a group but not men because all they want to do subjugate women and men of color. I think this chapter should have been left out because it read, ¿oh by the way, I don¿t like this group and this group.¿ I feel this chapter completely contradicts what the author was trying to get across.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2008
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