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Author Waller, James, 1961-

Title Becoming evil : how ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing / James Waller
Edition Second edition
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  364.151019 Wal/Beh 2007  AVAILABLE
 MELB  364.151019 Wal/Beh 2007  AVAILABLE
Description xxvi, 351 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction : a place called Mauthausen -- 1. The nature of extraordinary human evil -- 2. Killers of conviction : groups, ideology, and extraordinary human evil -- 3. The "mad Nazi" : psychopathology, personality, and extraordinary human evil -- 4. The dead end of demonization -- 5. Beyond demonization : a model of how ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing -- 6. Cultural construction of worldview : who are the killers? -- 7. Psychological construction of the "other" : social death of the victims -- 8. Social construction of cruelty : the power of the situation -- 9. Conclusion : can we be delivered from extraordinary human evil? -- Postscript : past as present
Summary "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 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."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Previous ed.: 2002
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-342) and index
Subject Genocide -- Psychological aspects.
Social psychology.
LC no. 2006048282
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