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Violence: Reflections on Our Deadliest Epidemic

Violence: Reflections on Our Deadliest Epidemic

Paperback Forensic Focus

By (author) James Gilligan

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  • Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 26mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853028428
  • ISBN 13: 9781853028427
  • Illustrations note: notes, index
  • Sales rank: 392,127

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This text analyzes the nature and meaning of violence in society. It discusses the impact of violent crimes on men who have committed them, and comments that conventional legal and punitive systems which are based on notions of justice and retribution perpetrate violent behaviour. Gilligan was called into the Massachusetts prison system because of the high rates of suicides and murders within state prisons there; when he left these rates had dropped almost to zero.

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Table of contents

Prologue: violence as tragedy. Part 1 The pathology of violence: visits to hell - entering the world of the prison; dead souls; violent action as symbolic language - myth, ritual and tragedy. Part 2 The "germ theory" of violence: how to think about violence; shame - the emotions and morality of violence. Part 3 The epidemiology of violence: the symbolism of punishment; how to increase the rate of violence - and why; the deadliest form of violence in poverty; the biology of violence; culture, gender and violence - "we are not women". Epilogue - civilization and its malcontents. Acknowledgements.