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Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing

Waller, James

Editore: Oxford University Press, 2002
ISBN 10: 0195148681 / ISBN 13: 9780195148688
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Titolo: Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit ...

Casa editrice: Oxford University Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2002

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface: "I Couldn't Do This to Someone" Part 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 Evil Dovey's Story 3. The "Mad Nazi": Psychopathology, Personality, and Extraordinary Evil The Massacre at Babi Yar 4. The Dead End of Demonization The Invasion of Dili Part 2: Beyond Demonization: How Ordinary People Commit Extraordinary Evil A Model of Extraordinary Human Evil 5. The Nature of Human Nature: Our Ancestral Shadow The Tonle Sap Massacre 6. Defining the Killers: Identities of the Perpetrators Death of a Guatemalan Village 7. Immediate Social context: A Culture of Cruelty The Church at Ntamara 8. Defining the "Other": Social Death of the Victims The Safe Area of Srebrenica Part 3: What Have We Learned and Why Does It Matter? 9. Conclusion: Can We Be Delivered from Extraordinary Evil? Genocide Warning: Sudan. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0195148681

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Riassunto: 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 Becoming Evil, 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 cultures- and offers a more sophisticated and comprehensive psychological view of how anyone can potentially participate in heinous crimes against humanity. He outlines the evolutionary forces that shape human nature, the individual dispositions that are more likely to engage in acts of evil, and the context of cruelty in which these extraordinary acts can emerge. Illustrative eyewitness accounts are presented at the end of each chapter. An important new look at how evil develops, Becoming Evil will help us understand such tragedies as the Holocaust and recent terrorist events. Waller argues that by becoming more aware of the things that lead to extraordinary evil, we will be less likely to be surprised by it and less likely to be unwitting accomplices through our passivity.

L'autore: James Waller, Professor and Chair, Psychology Department, Whitworth College, Spokane.

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