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: 0521886317

ISBN-13: 9780521886314

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Genocide has tragically claimed the lives of over 262 million victims in the last century. Jews, Armenians, Cambodians, Darfurians, Kosovars, 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…  See more details below

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Genocide has tragically claimed the lives of over 262 million victims in the last century. Jews, Armenians, Cambodians, Darfurians, Kosovars, 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, Milgram, and Zimbardo) to bring forth a new understanding of identity and emotional development during genocide. Baum presents a model that demonstrates how people's actions during genocide actually mirror their behavior in everyday life: there are those who destroy (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:
9780521886314
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

Introduction 1

Prologue 9

1 Charlotte's question 16

2 A bell curve of hate? 71

3 Perpetrators 117

4 Bystanders 153

5 Rescuers 181

6 Towards an emotionally developed world 220

Index 240

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