Gary Slutkin's Perspective On Violence As A Contagious Disease

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The video that was displayed in class regarding violence as a contagious disease is an interesting outlook in viewing violence. In the video presented by Gary Slutkin who is an
Epidemiologist, which is a physician who specializes on what causes diseases, how diseases spread and how diseases can be contained. Slutkin began his career in Somalia, and attempted treating Somalians and containing diseases in this area. His experience as a physician is broad; since he spent many years in foreign countries trying to aid in intervening against many epidemic diseases. It is important to discuss his credentials and experiences to be able to analyze and understand his argument, ideas and point of view regarding violence. Violence has existed
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Pinker states,
“The statistics suggest that this may be the most peaceable time in our species’s existence”
(Cook, G.). It is important to examine and comprehend other expert opinions to obtain a complete understanding on violence, its origin and see if Slukin’s ideas and methods are valid. Returning to Slukin’s ideas and methods, he states that when he returned to the United
States, he was not aware of the epidemic in violence, more specific the issue of children shooting children in the United States. When he asked other people what they wanted to do about this issue or what the United States should do about this epidemic, people told him two things, foremost punishment and secondly the “Everything” theory, which meant to fix the schools, poverty, broken homes, drugs, the issue of absent fathers and racism. Regarding the first declaration people told him, Slukin states that punishment is greatly overvalued, he also states that punishment is not a main driver of behavior or behavior change.
He compared violence today as a disease that was not understood due to science limitations
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This is where he linked violence as a disease; he also believes violence acts as an infectious disease. Slukin states there are three procedures to inverse epidemics, first is to obstruct transmission, where one discovers and finds first cases. The second is to prevent further spread, which basically means to find other people who were exposed. The third is changing the standard, which would mean a heavy amount of community activities and changing the structure of public education. In 2000, he put his ideas and methods into place and employed new categories of workers. In his first experiment, there was a sixty-seven percent decrease in shootings and killings in the West Garfield neighborhood of Chicago. Slukin states that they have had great success rates in reducing violence with their methods, but have had road blocks, since people have opposed his ideas, theories and his thought of violence as a disease and epidemic. Slukin declares that some health departments in the United States are following his procedures to counter violence and that it is being welcomed by law enforcement now than

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