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Preventing Violence
     

Preventing Violence

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by James Gilligan
 

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In this controversial and compassionate book, the distinguished psychiatrist James Gilligan proposes a radically new way of thinking about violence and how to prevent it.

Violence is most often addressed in moral and legal terms: "How evil is this action, and how much punishment does it deserve?" Unfortunately, this way of thinking, the basis for our legal and

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In this controversial and compassionate book, the distinguished psychiatrist James Gilligan proposes a radically new way of thinking about violence and how to prevent it.

Violence is most often addressed in moral and legal terms: "How evil is this action, and how much punishment does it deserve?" Unfortunately, this way of thinking, the basis for our legal and political institutions, does nothing to shed light on the causes of violence. Violent criminals have been Gilligan's teachers, and he has been their student. Prisons are microcosms of the societies in which they exist, and by examining them in detail, we can learn about society as a whole. Gilligan suggests treating violence as a public health problem. He advocates initiating radical social and economic change to attack the root causes of violence, focusing on those at increased risk of becoming violent, and dealing with those who are already violent as if they were in quarantine rather than in constraint for their punishment and for society's revenge. The twentieth century was steeped in violence. If we attempt to understand the violence of individuals, we may come to prevent the collective violence that threatens our future far more than all the individual crimes put together.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500770566
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
08/08/2012
Series:
Prospects for Tomorrow
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,110,496
File size:
670 KB

Meet the Author

James Gilligan has been on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 1965. He has served as a consultant and advisor to Tony Blair and the Law Lords in the UK; the International Criminal Tribune for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague; the American Bar Association and many state legislatures, sheriffs' departments and police comissioners. He is the author of Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and its Causes.

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Preventing Violence 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Little-Water-Woman More than 1 year ago
This book is probably the best I've read on the complex problems we have created in the United States, when it comes to violence, bullying, and haneling frustration. I recommend to everyone I speak to. I have spent 25+ years working in schools and jails - our systems is broken and we need to fix it! This book shows us how!