Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic
  • Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic
  • Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

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by James Gilligan
     
 

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW gave a starred review to this study by the Harvard Medical School professor and former director of a hospital for the criminally insane. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679779124
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
251,505
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.68(d)

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