Perpetrator Studies Network

Books

The Problems of Genocide: Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression

By A. Dirk Moses. Genocide is not only a problem of mass death, but also of how, as a relatively new idea and law, it organizes and distorts thinking about civilian destruction. Taking the normative perspective of civilian immunity from military attack, A. Dirk Moses argues that the implicit hierarchy of international criminal law, atop…

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Remembering Genocides in Central Africa

By Rene Lemarchand. Scene of one of the biggest genocides of the last century Rwanda has become a household word, yet bitter disagreements persist as to its causes and consequences. Through a blend of personal memories and historical analysis, and informed by a lifelong experience of research in Central Africa, the author challenges conventional wisdom…

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Early Holocaust Memory in Sweden: Archives, Testimonies and Reflections

Edited by Johannes Heuman and Pontus Rudberg. This book investigates the memory of the Holocaust in Sweden and concentrates on early initiatives to document and disseminate information about the genocide during the late 1940s until the early 1960s. As the first collection of testimonies and efforts to acknowledge the Holocaust contributed to historical research, judicial…

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Teaching about Genocide

Advice and Suggestions from Professors, High School Teachers, and Staff Developers. (Volume 3) Edited by Samuel Totten. Teaching about Genocide presents the insights, advice, and suggestions of secondary-level teachers and professors, in relation to teaching about various facets of genocide. The contributions range from basic concerns when teaching about genocide to a discussion about why…

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The Complexity of Evil: Perpetration and Genocide

By Timothy Williams. Why do people participate in genocide? The Complexity of Evil responds to this fundamental question by drawing on political science, sociology, criminology, anthropology, social psychology, and history to develop a model which can explain perpetration across various different cases. Focusing in particular on the Holocaust, the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in…

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Researching Perpetrators of Genocide

Edited by Kjell Anderson and Erin Jessee. Researchers often face significant and unique ethical and methodological challenges when conducting qualitative field work among people who have been identified as perpetrators of genocide. This can include overcoming biases that often accompany research on perpetrators; conceptualizing, identifying, and recruiting research subjects; risk mitigation and negotiating access in…

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Mengele: Unmasking the “Angel of Death”

By David. G. Marwell. Perhaps the most notorious war criminal of all time, Josef Mengele was the embodiment of bloodless efficiency and passionate devotion to a grotesque worldview. Aided by the role he has assumed in works of popular culture, Mengele has come to symbolize the Holocaust itself as well as the failure of justice…

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The Tokyo Tribunal: Perspectives on Law, History and Memory

Edited by Viviane E. Dittrich, Kerstin von Lingen, Philipp Osten and Jolana Makroivá. This book concerns the ‘International Military Tribunal for the Far East’ (IMTFE), held in Tokyo from May 1946 to November 1948. It was a landmark event in the development of modern international criminal law. The trial in Tokyo was a complex undertaking…

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Former Guerrillas in Mozambique

By Nikkie Wiegink. A sensitive ethnography of former Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) combatants “With its in-depth ethnographic engagement, its synthesis of recent and classic studies of veterans, and its sophisticated use of the concept of the social navigation of persons through dynamic environments, Former Guerrillas in Mozambique is an important contribution to peace and conflict studies, political…

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Mass Violence and Memory in the Digital Age: Memorialization Unmoored

By Eve Monique Zucker and David J. Simon. This volume explores the shifting tides of how political violence is memorialized in today’s decentralized, digital era. The book enhances our understanding of how the digital turn is changing the ways that we remember, interpret, and memorialize the past. It also raises practical and ethical questions of…

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