Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair

Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair Author Sarah Schulman
ISBN-10 1551526433
ISBN-13 9781551526430
Year 2016-10-04
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Arsenal Pulp Press
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From intimate relationships to global politics Sarah Schulman observes a continuum that inflated accusations of harm are used to avoid accountability Illuminating the difference between Conflict and Abuse Schulman directly addresses our contemporary culture of scapegoating This deep brave and bold work reveals how punishment replaces personal and collective self criticism and shows why difference is so often used to justify cruelty and shunning Rooting the problem of escalation in negative group relationships Schulman illuminates the ways cliques communities families and religious racial and national groups bond through the refusal to change their self concept She illustrates how Supremacy behavior and Traumatized behavior resemble each other through a shared inability to tolerate difference This important and sure to be controversial book illuminates such contemporary and historical issues of personal racial and geo political difference as tools of escalation towards injustice exclusion and punishment whether the objects of dehumanization are other individuals in our families or communities people with HIV African Americans or Palestinians Conflict Is Not Abuse is a searing rejection of the cultural phenomenon of blame cruelty and scapegoating and how those in positions of power exacerbate and manipulate fear of the other to achieve their goals Sarah Schulman is a novelist nonfiction writer playwright screenwriter journalist and AIDS historian and the author of eighteen books A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow Sarah is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York College of Staten Island Her novels published by Arsenal include Rat Bohemia Empathy After Delores and The Mere Future She lives in New York

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