Violence by James Gilligan
Reflections on a National Epidemic

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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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Gilligan has been on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 1965, for 25 years directing the provision of psychiatric services to the Massachusetts prisons and prison mental hospital. He is president of the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy.
 
Published April 29, 1997 by Vintage. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Gilligan (Center for the Study of Violence/Harvard Medical School) zeroes in on the pitch-black emptiness within America's murderers before inexplicably letting his target move out of focus.

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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)

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""Violence reveals the tragic flaw of civilization,"" says the director of the Center for the Study of Violence at the Harvard Medical School in this important work.

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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)

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