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Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic Paperback – April 29, 1997
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"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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The most hopeful insight Gilligan offers about violence is: A person's tortuous, shameful sense of self prompts the act of murder to "symbolically" silence the ridicule one has endured. Does this sound remarkably similar to those humiliated young teenagers who feel compelled to avenge their pain with murderous revenge against their taunting classmates? Gilligan's book offers a sign of hope, for if we are able to significantly prevent violence, it will come from focusing on the underlying "incapacitating feelings" we humans experience when we are repeatedly emotionally wounded. In my new book on education strategies for prevention of violence, I address our cultural reluctance to educate children (and their parents) about the critical importance of understanding their inner reaction to being emotionally wounded. Gilligan, in his own way, seems to be advocating that violent consequences follow blaming others for what WE feel, and then symbolically attempting to punish them (with murder) for our sense of shame. We need more parents, teachers and emotional educators who can demonstrate a healthy and honest way of dealing with emotional wounds other than shaming ourselves or blaming others. It is not rocket science to LEARN how to deal with painful feelings. It is just that we have a deeply embedded cultural tendency to ignore and let our pain build up within us until it erupts into what Gilligan calls the "ritual" of murder. I would venture that few, if any, persons who commit violence were ever taught how to name, own and honor their hurt feelings as a normal -- not shameful -- part of their human vulnerability.
Read this book if you are ready to take in the truth and be enlightened to a gruesome reality, violence is largely the result of the violence we are subject to. Maybe it's time for us to stop blaming violent people for being violent and create programs and environments that CHANGE it!
I would have liked more than a few pages on what we can do about the problems he outlines. But the book is a great starting point. I consider it a "must-read" for anyone studying the problem of violence.
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I got this for my English class, it was very interesting especially being a Criminal Justice major!Published 1 month ago by robyn27x
IMO, this book leans heavily towards the dramatic, and its formula concerning violence is boilerplate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Texanica
One of the most thought provoking books I have ever read, yet easy enough to read on the beach.Published 7 months ago by T. Fire
No more genuine and insightful study of the psychological nature of violence exists.Published 12 months ago by nate rogers
Important to anyone who wants to understand how violence is not individual but systemic for the "benefit" of the few.Published on July 6, 2014 by Jean
good book to get you thinking about violence differently. easy and straight forward read and understand. highly recommend it for those interested in decreasing violencePublished on June 3, 2014 by Kristy L Burgss
This book gives awesome insight into the realities of the prison system in the United States, and exposes why our current correctional facilities are as flawed as they are. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Devin Solkov