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Combining years of personal study and reflection with his work with men in the Oakland Men's Project, Men's Work presents an innovative and workable approach to stopping male violence. Kivel shows men how to reclaim the power and responsibility needed to unlearn the lessons of control and aggression.
Paul Kivel is a nationally known expert on men's issues. Through his work at the Oakland Men's Project, he helps men confront and change violent behaviors and teaches alternatives to violence in their relationships. He also trains teachers, therapists, probation officers, and agency staff who work with men, exploring such topics as male/female relationships, alternatives to violence, family violence, and sexual assault. Kivel resides in Oakland, California.
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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