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Becoming evil : how ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing

Becoming evil : how ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing

Author: James Waller
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
"With this second edition, James Waller brings us up to date on some of the horrific events he used in the first edition to illustrate his theory of extraordinary human evil, pointing out steps taken both forward and back. Nearly a third of the references are new, reflecting the rapid pace of scholarship in Holocaust and genocide studies, and the issue of gender now occupies a prominent place in the discussion of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Waller, James, 1961-
Becoming evil.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Waller
ISBN: 0195180933 9780195180930 0195314565 9780195314564
OCLC Number: 70129232
Description: xxvi, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword to the Second Edition / Gregory H. Stanton --
Foreword to the First Edition / Christopher R. Browning --
pt. 1. What are the origins of extraordinary human evil? --
Introduction : a place called Mauthausen --
1. The nature of extraordinary human evil --
"Nits make lice" --
2. Killers of conviction : groups, ideology, and extraordinary human evil --
"Dovey's story" --
3. The "Mad Nazi" : psychopathology, personality, and extraordinary human evil --
The massacre at Babi Yar --
4. The dead of demonization --
The invasion of Dili --
pt. 2. How do ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing? --
5. Beyond demonization : a model of how ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing --
The Tonle Sap massacre --
6. Cultural construction of worldview : Who are the killers? --
Death of a Guatemalan village --
7. Physical construction of the "other" : social death of the victims --
The church of Ntarama --
8. Social construction of cruelty : the power of the situation --
The "safe area" of Srebrenica --
pt. 3. What have we learned, and why does it matter? --
9. Conclusion : Can we be delivered from extraordinary human evil? --
Postscript : past as present --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Responsibility: James Waller.
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Uncovers the internal and external factors that can lead ordinary people to commit extraordinary acts of evil. This book offers a comprehensive psychological view of how anyone can potentially  Read more...


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