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and friends, you are forced to recognize the truth in Gandhi’s observation that the deadliest form of violence is poverty. Not a day goes by without realizing that trying to understand them and their virulent behavior in purely individual terms is impossible
and wrong-headed. Any theory of violence, especially a psychological theory, that evolves from the experience of men in maximum security
prisons and hospitals for the criminally insane must begin with the recognition that these institutions are only microcosms. They are not where the
major violence of our society takes place, and the perpetrators who fill them are far from being the main causes of most violent deaths. Any
approach to a theory of violence needs to begin with a look at the structural violence of this country . Focusing merely on
those relatively few men who commit what we define as murder could distract us from examining and learning from those structural causes of
violent death that are far more significant from a numerical or public health, or human, standpoint By “structural violence” I mean the increased
rates of death and disability suffered by those who occupy the bottom rungs of society, as contrasted with the relatively lower death rat...
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