The psychology of genocide, massacres, and extreme violence: why "normal" people come to commit atrocities

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Describing his work as "a marriage of social and forensic psychology with history," Dutton (psychology, U. of British Columbia, Canada) aims to explain the psychological mechanisms that generate extreme violence, including genocide, military massacres, lynchings, and prison riots. Sadly, he finds that most people are capable of visiting horrific violence against others, especially in social situations wherein a subjectively defined out-group becomes perceived as a threat to an in- group's view of their place in the world. He also identifies "B process dominance" as the mechanism by which individuals become inured to brutality. However, he notes remaining limitations in psychological explanations of extreme violence. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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table_of_contents A history of violence -- Mass violence in the twentieth century -- Genocides -- The Holocaust -- Military massacres -- Lynchings -- Prison riots -- Societal transitions : the normative shifts in genocide -- Individual transitions to extreme violence -- Rape, serial killers, and the forensic psychology of war -- Individual differences in violent aggression -- Final thoughts -- Postscript : the final summation.
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title The psychology of genocide, massacres, and extreme violence why "normal" people come to commit atrocities
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title_short The psychology of genocide, massacres, and extreme violence
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title_sub why "normal" people come to commit atrocities