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Preventing Violence (Prospects for Tomorrow) [Paperback]

James Gilligan
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July 2001 0500282781 978-0500282786

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.

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About 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.

Product Details

  • Series: Prospects for Tomorrow
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500282781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500282786
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! February 22, 2007
By Robert
Having read Dr. Gilligan's first book, I was very excited to see he had a sequel dealing with the prevention of violence. The first one changed my perspective on a number of things and this book expanded on that. I strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to understand the necessary factors for preventing violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight into the nature of man. November 15, 2013
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excellent insights into the power of shame and the fact that our prison system is pumping out hardened criminals rather than healing hurt people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good book August 2, 2013
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The book was for school, but I would read it again anyway. I appreciated the author's slant on violence and prevention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Filled with Sadness December 19, 2013
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Would have given this book five stars, but the author seems to suggest that a socialist society is the cure for violence, and that will never happen in the United States.
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