By Sarah Schulman
From intimate relationships to worldwide politics, Sarah Schulman observes a continuum: that inflated accusations of injury are used to prevent responsibility. Illuminating the variation among clash and Abuse, Schulman at once addresses our modern tradition of scapegoating. This deep, courageous, and impressive paintings unearths how punishment replaces own and collective self-criticism, and exhibits why distinction is so frequently used to justify cruelty and shunning. Rooting the matter of escalation in destructive workforce relationships, Schulman illuminates the methods cliques, groups, households, and non secular, racial, and nationwide teams bond in the course of the refusal to alter their self-concept. She illustrates how Supremacy habit and Traumatized habit resemble one another, via a shared lack of ability to tolerate difference.
This vital and likely to be arguable e-book illuminates such modern and ancient problems with own, racial, and geo-political distinction as instruments of escalation in the direction of injustice, exclusion, and punishment, even if the gadgets of dehumanization are different participants in our households or groups, individuals with HIV, African american citizens, or Palestinians. Conflict isn't Abuse is a searing rejection of the cultural phenomenon of blame, cruelty, and scapegoating, and the way these in positions of energy exacerbate and manage worry of the "other" to accomplish their goals.
Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction author, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and AIDS historian, and the writer of eighteen books. A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, Sarah is a special Professor of the arts on the urban collage of recent York, collage of Staten Island. Her novels released through Arsenal comprise Rat Bohemia, Empathy, After Delores, and The Mere Future. She lives in New York.
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Extra resources for Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair
Email and texts don’t allow us to go through the human phases of feeling that occur when we actually communicate face to face. Refusing to speak to someone without terms for repair is a strange, childish act of destruction in which nothing can be won. Like all withholding, it comes from a state of rage, and states of rage are products of the past. ” By refusing to talk without terms, a person is refusing to learn about themselves and thereby refusing to have a better life. It hurts everyone around them by dividing communities and inhibiting learning.
8 million people (and not for the first time) waiting to be executed at any moment then the victory is yours and adds up to our moral implosion, the ethical defeat of a society engaged in no self-inspection, wallowing in self-pity over postponed airline flights and burnishing itself with the pride of the enlightened. Haas identifies the key elements found in many group supremacy formations, whether families, cliques, or nations. ” One group deserves the right to be unquestioned and they are entitled to dehumanize the other whom they misrepresent as “a threat” while using this distortion as the grounds for self-congratulation, indifferent to the pain they cause and the long-term negative consequences of their actions.
We watched the Israeli government mass murder over 2,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza. It quickly became apparent that the methods we have developed collectively, to date, to understand these kinds of actions in order to avoid them, are not adequate. As a novelist, in order to create characters that have integrity, I apply the principle that people do things for reasons, even if they are not aware of those reasons or even if they can’t accept that their actions are motivated instead of neutral and objective.
Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman