Violence Among Men Essay by The Research Group

Violence Among Men
Uses Dr. James Gilligan's book "Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic & Its Causes" to explore violence in James Baldwin's "A Fire Next Time" & Bill Mckibben's "The Age of Missing Information." Issues of shame & poverty.
# 11021 | 2,025 words | 4 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 16, 2003 in Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Sociology (General)


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"Dr. James Gilligan, in an insightful study of violence among men, theorizes a cycle of poverty, shame, violence and punishment that is continually perpetuated in modern American society, aided in no small part by our penal system. His book Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and its Causes delves into the nature and origins of violence, hinging the crux of his theory upon the notion that "The different forms of violence, whether toward individuals or entire populations, are motivated(caused) by feelings of shame" (111). Under the umbrella of shame are huddled some devastating psychological companions: humiliation, absence of self-love, and ultimately, numbness. It is precisely this numbness, this death of self, that can lay a foundation for "acting out" (the expression of thought by actions rather than words), from which violence may be unleashed."

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