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Elie Godsi examines the lives of the perpetrators of violence and offers us ways of making sense of acts that seem beyond our comprehension. He explores the roots of violence and distress in personal experience and offers a challenging exploration of the way in which society tries to make sense of madness and badness.


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Elie Godsi examines the lives of the perpetrators of violence and offers us ways of making sense of acts that seem beyond our comprehension. He explores the roots of violence and distress in personal experience and offers a challenging exploration of the way in which society tries to make sense of madness and badness.

23 review for Violence in Society: Reality Behind Violent Crime (Psychology/self-help)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    One of the most affecting books I've ever read. I bought a copy after hearing the author give a talk some years ago. As a criminal psychologist the author has had dealings with many of the most infamous criminals in recent British history. And his dealings with them has lead him to formulate his thoughts on the nature of 'madness', to try and find understanding when the press can only label people as 'evil'! It is important to realise that at no point are the actions of the various case studies be One of the most affecting books I've ever read. I bought a copy after hearing the author give a talk some years ago. As a criminal psychologist the author has had dealings with many of the most infamous criminals in recent British history. And his dealings with them has lead him to formulate his thoughts on the nature of 'madness', to try and find understanding when the press can only label people as 'evil'! It is important to realise that at no point are the actions of the various case studies being justified. The actions are all utterly abhoront. But understanding where the behaviour comes from helps us understand why these crimes happened. And only by really understanding can we hope to avoid similar problems in the future. Unfortunately the book has a very bleak edge to it. Essentially almost all of the most dreadful crimes are associated with people who have suffered chaotic, disordered lives, and all the indications are that as a society we are creating conditions that lead to more disordered and chaotic lives for young people. These children are therefore more likely to become disordered and chaotic and each generation is in a vicious spiral with the products of the disorder becoming progressively more violent. At times the book talks about real events (such as the killing of Jamie Bulger), at others the case studies are amalgams of various cases, but in each the correlation between the youthful experiences and the crimes is clear. Chilling, fascinating and still very readable...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    This book was all at once horrifying, deeply harrowing, insightful and utterly vital. A must read for anyone who would automatically consign the perpetrators of violence to the scrap heap. Compassion and understanding are critical of we want to effect change. People confuse these traits with condoning violent behaviours, but this isn't the case at all. Fantastic read. This book was all at once horrifying, deeply harrowing, insightful and utterly vital. A must read for anyone who would automatically consign the perpetrators of violence to the scrap heap. Compassion and understanding are critical of we want to effect change. People confuse these traits with condoning violent behaviours, but this isn't the case at all. Fantastic read.

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    Cathy Wood

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    Bertfried

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    Richard

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