Perpetrator Studies Network

Books

Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into—and Out of—Violent Extremism

By Michael Kimmel. What draws young men into violent extremist groups? What are the ideologies that inspire them to join? And what are the emotional bonds forged that make it difficult to leave, even when they want to? Having conducted in-depth interviews with ex–white nationalists and neo-Nazis in the United States, as well as ex-skinheads…

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Emotions and Mass Atrocity: Philosophical and Theoretical Explanations

Edited by Thomas Brudholm and Johannes Lang. The study of genocide and mass atrocity abounds with references to emotions: fear, anger, horror, shame and hatred. Yet we don’t understand enough about how ‘ordinary’ emotions behave in such extreme contexts. Emotions are not merely subjective and interpersonal phenomena; they are also powerful social and political forces,…

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Women in European Holocaust Films: Perpetrators, Victims and Resisters

By Ingrid Lewis. This book considers how women’s experiences have been treated in films dealing with Nazi persecution. Focusing on fiction films made in Europe between 1945 and the present, this study explores dominant discourses on and cinematic representation of women as perpetrators, victims and resisters. Ingrid Lewis contends that European Holocaust Cinema underwent a…

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Perpetrators and Perpetration of Mass Violence: Action, Motivations and Dynamics

Edited by Timothy Williams and Susanne Buckley-Zistel. As the most comprehensive edited volume to be published on perpetrators of mass violence, the volume sets a new agenda for perpetrator research by bringing together contributions from such diverse disciplines as political science, sociology, social psychology, history, anthropology and gender studies, allowing for a truly interdisciplinary discussion…

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Victims, Perpetrators and the Practice of Law in Maoist China: A Case-Study Approach

Edited by Daniel Leese and Puck Engman. The relationship between politics and law in the early People’s Republic of China was highly contentious. Periods of intentionally excessive campaign justice intersected with attempts to carve out professional standards of adjudication and to offer retroactive justice for those deemed to have been unjustly persecuted. How were victims…

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The Indonesian Genocide of 1965: Causes, Dynamics and Legacies

Edited by Katharine McGregor, Jess Melvin and Annie Pohlman. This collection of essays by Indonesian and foreign contributors offers new and highly original analyses of the mass violence in Indonesia which began in 1965 and its aftermath. Fifty years on from one the largest genocides of the twentieth century, they probe the causes, dynamics and…

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Guatemala, the Question of Genocide

Edited by Elizabeth A. Oglesby and Diane M. Nelson. In Guatemala, it was called the “trial of the century”: the 2013 prosecution of former de facto head of state (1982-1983) General José Efraín Ríos Montt and his intelligence chief, General José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya-Ixil people. Ríos…

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Interrogating the Perpetrator: Violation, Culpability, and Human Rights

Edited by Cathy J Schlund-Vials and Samuel Martínez. Set adjacent to “victims” and “bystanders,” “perpetrators” are by no means marginalized figures in human rights scholarship. Nevertheless, the extent to which the perpetrator is not only socially imagined but also sociologically constructed remains a central concern in studies of state-authorized mass violence. This interdisciplinary collection of essays builds…

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Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine

By Lynne Viola. Between the summer of 1937 and November 1938, the Stalinist regime arrested over 1.5 million people for “counterrevolutionary” and “anti-Soviet” activity and either summarily executed or exiled them to the Gulag. While we now know a great deal about the experience of victims of the Great Terror, we know almost nothing about…

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Women as Wartime Rapists: Beyond Sensation and Stereotyping

By Laura Sjoberg. Very few women are wartime rapists. Very few women issue commands to commit sexual violence. Very few women play a role in making war plans that feature the intentional sexual violation of other women. This book is about those very few women. Women as Wartime Rapists reveals the stories of female perpetrators of sexual…

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