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Table of contents (16 chapters)
Politics and Culture: Greece as a Case Study
Identity, Community, Current Affairs
About this book
- Political psychology
- Psychosocial engagement
We live in a truly ugly world. Thankfully, Professor Roman Gerodimos has assembled the most remarkable team of brilliant intellectuals who have provided us with unparalleled insights into the origins of lethal, global violence. This groundbreaking book must absolutely be read by every single world leader... and by every single citizen as well.
—Professor Brett Kahr, Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and Honorary Director of Research at Freud Museum London, UK
Extraordinary. While we are all focused on the visible crises of war, hate crimes and a pandemic, Roman Gerodimos alerts us to what we aren’t recognizing: that so much violence, so many deaths, and so often our traumas are triggered by shame — by individuals and groups not wanting to appear vulnerable. Every thought-provoking section of the book has actionable intelligence. Activists and scholars across fields will find this inspiring. And those making public health or public policy decisions as well as those standing on the frontlines of criminal justice or social justice will find it a wise and ultimately hopeful guide to a better future.
—Susan Moeller, Professor of Media & International Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park, USAThis remarkable book draws together a wide range of contributions by those interested in the understanding of the relationship between shame and violence. The foundational thinker in this field is James Gilligan. He has stimulated many others in this collection to apply his insights to other contexts. The collection is wonderfully consistent, insightful, and a vital addition to our understanding of violence.
—Charles B. Strozier, historian and psychoanalyst, USA
Using shame as a focal point to explore phenomena as diverse as family dynamics, local turf wars, and terrorism, Roman Gerodimos and the highly diverse group of practitioners and scholars he has assembled cover a dazzling amount of conceptual and disciplinary space to offer a volume chock-full with ideas and insights about the causes and dynamics of violence.
—Stathis N. Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford, UK
This pathbreaking interdisciplinary contribution to the human sciences could not be more timely or more needed as we face the continuing threat of forms of political violence both at home and internationally. Its argument is framed by the work of James Gilligan, unique among psychiatrists in extending psychoanalysis, in contrast to Freud and others, to the empirical study of violent American prisoners, listening to them and developing a cultural psychology of largely male violence arising from the humiliation of patriarchal manhood that not only diagnosed the roots of their violence but led to new forms of therapy that, in contrast to American prisons, demonstrably lowered violence both in the prisons and rates of recidivism thereafter at a much lower cost to taxpayers than American prisons. Dr. Gilligan frames the argument of this book in a brilliant opening chapter that shows how his psychology of personal violence extends to political violence, both diagnosing the problem (from Hitler to Osama Bin Laden to Putin) and suggesting how to understand and prevent such violence. His theory of violence, arising from the culture of patriarchy long unquestioned, is complemented by another revelatory chapter in which Carol Gilligan, the developmental psychologist, in conversation with Roman Gerodimos, shows how the problem of violence, including violence against women, arises from the culture of patriarchy, and how radical listening, already powerfully used by James Gilligan in his therapy of prisoners, is the key to breaking the hold of the gender binary of patriarchy, freeing resisting voices of both men and women. The following essays in this volume fruitfully explore the implications of this approach in a remarkable range of contexts, both diagnostic and therapeutic, including exploring shame and the self; humility as a value in resistance; the role of the diagnosis and therapy of shame in children; intervention projects; violence in football fans, left-wing terrorism; Greek city planning; political violence between Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey; Brexit; the Genderqueer community; shame in black women, dwarfs, and others; and how to break the cycle of shame and violence in all these contexts.
—David A.J. Richards, Edwin D. Webb Professor of Law, New York University, USA
Editors and Affiliations
Faculty of Media & Communication, Bournemouth University, Poole, UK
About the editor
Book Title: Interdisciplinary Applications of Shame/Violence Theory
Book Subtitle: Breaking the Cycle
Editors: Roman Gerodimos
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-05569-0Published: 24 August 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-05572-0Due: 07 September 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-05570-6Published: 23 August 2022
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXI, 342
Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
Topics: Terrorism and Political Violence, Political Sociology, Political Communication, Cultural Studies, Social Psychology