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Becoming evil : how ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing

Author: James Waller
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Political or social groups wanting to commit mass murder on the basis of racial, ethnic or religious differences are never hindered by a lack of willing executioners. In this book, social psychologist James Waller uncovers the internal and external factors that can lead ordinary people to commit extraordinary acts of evil. Waller debunks the common explanations for genocide--group think, psychopathology, unique  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Waller, James, 1961-
Becoming evil.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2002070404
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Waller
ISBN: 1602567913 9781602567917 9780195148688 0195148681
OCLC Number: 252580393
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 316 pages) : illustrations
Contents: pt. 1. What are the origins of extraordinary human evil? --
A place called Mauthausen --
The nature of extraordinary human evil --
"Nits make lice" --
Killers of conviction: groups, ideology, and extraordinary evil --
Dovey's story --
The "mad Nazi": psychopathology, personality, and extraordinary evil --
The massacre at Babi Yar --
The dead end of demonization --
The invasion Dili --
pt. 2. Beyond demonization: how ordinary people commit extraordinary evil --
A model of extraordinary human evil --
What is the nature of human nature? Our ancestral shadow --
The Tonle Sap massacre --
Who are the killers? Identities of the perpetrators --
Death of a Guatemalan village --
What is the immediate social context? A culture of cruelty --
The church of Ntamara --
Who is the "other"? Social death of the victims --
The "safe area" of Srebrenica --
pt. 3. What have we learned and why does it matter? --
Can we be delivered from extraordinary evil?
Responsibility: James Waller.

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