The Psychology of Genocide: Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Rescuers / Edition 1

The Psychology of Genocide: Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Rescuers / Edition 1

by Steven K. Baum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521713927

ISBN-13: 9780521713924

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Genocide has tragically claimed the lives of over 262 million victims in the last century. Jews, Armenians, Cambodians, Darfurians, Kosovons, Rwandans, the list seems endless. Clinical psychologist Steven K. Baum sets out to examine the psychological patterns to these atrocities. Building on trait theory as well as social psychology he reanalyzes key conformity

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Genocide has tragically claimed the lives of over 262 million victims in the last century. Jews, Armenians, Cambodians, Darfurians, Kosovons, Rwandans, the list seems endless. Clinical psychologist Steven K. Baum sets out to examine the psychological patterns to these atrocities. Building on trait theory as well as social psychology he reanalyzes key conformity studies (including the famous experiments of Ash, Millgram and Zimbardo) to bring forth an understanding of identity and emotional development during genocide. Baum presents a model that demonstrates how people's actions during genocide actually mirror their behaviour in everyday life: there are those who destruct (perpetrators), those who help (rescuers) and those who remain uninvolved, positioning themselves between the two extremes (bystanders). Combining eyewitness accounts with Baum's own analysis, this book reveals the common mental and emotional traits among perpetrators, bystanders and rescuers and how a war between personal and social identity accounts for these divisions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521713924
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
704,057
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Prologue; 1. Charlotte's question; 2. A bell curve of hate?; 3. Perpetrators; 4. Bystanders; 5. Rescuers; 6. Towards an emotionally developed world.

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