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Becoming Evil : How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing

Becoming Evil : How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0195314564

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ISBN13: 978-0195314564
ISBN10: 0195314565
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2007
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Becoming Evil : How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing - 2ND 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195314564

James Waller

ISBN13: 978-0195314564
ISBN10: 0195314565
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

The first edition of Becoming Evil spoke unforgettably to a world shell-shocked by 9/11 that faced a new war on terror against members of an Axis of Evil. 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, particularly those from the perennially troubled Balkans and Africa, 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 the social construction of cruelty. Waller also offers a reconfigured explanatory model of evil to acknowledge that human behavior is multiply influenced, and that any answer to the question ''Why did that person act as he or she did?'' can be examined at two levels of analysis-- the proximate and the ultimate. Bookended by a powerful new foreword from Greg Stanton, vice-president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, and a devastating postscript that addresses current outbreaks of genocide and mass killing, this new edition demonstrates that genocide is a problem whose time has not yet passed, but Waller's clear vision gives hope that at least we can begin to understand how ordinary people are recruited into the process of destruction.

Table of Contents

1. The Nature of Extraordinary Human Evil"Nits Make Lice"

2. Killers of Conviction: Groups, Ideology, and Extraordinary Human EvilDovey's Story

3. The "Mad Nazi": Psychopathology, Personality, and Extraordinary Human EvilThe Massacre at Babi Yar

4. The Dead End of DemonizationThe Invasion of Dili

5. Beyond Demonization: A Model of How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and MassKillingThe Tonle Sap Massacre

6. Cultural Construction of Worldview: Who Are the Killers?Death of a Guatemalan Village

7. Psychological Construction of the "Other": Social Death of the VictimsThe Church of Ntarama

8. Social Construction of Cruelty: Power of the SituationThe "Safe Arena" of Srebrenica

9. Conclusion: Can We Be Delivered From Extraordinary Human Evil?