Conflict Is Not Abuse

Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair

By Sarah Schulman

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There are few titles as divisive in Leftist circles as Conflict Is Not Abuse. It's a text that people love to hate, and I'll admit that it contains a handful of provocations that I find intensely objectionable. Nevertheless, the author's thesis that "at many levels of human interaction there is the opportunity to conflate discomfort with threat, to mistake internal anxiety for external danger, and in turn to escalate rather than resolve" has radical implications for our polarized, traumatized world and its reliance on policing and scapegoating. This is a book that has exerted a lasting impact on how I approach conflicted relationships and envision "good community."

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288 pages
Arsenal Pulp Press (10/4/16)
5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches

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