Multiple killings by serial or spree killers and the mass violence seen in war crimes and other atrocities have typically been understood as discrete category types, which can foster the view that there are fundamentally different kinds of human beings, including deviants who are born evil and innately given to sadism or a callous lack of empathy. In contrast, this book considers the violence of these deviants in terms of larger questions about human violence. Therefore, in addition to describing the life histories of a sample of individual serial and spree murderers, the book includes analysis of macro-level phemena such as gecide, mass rape and killing, and torture occurring under conditions of war, state authorization, or political upheaval. The chief claim of the book is that, given the right combination of factors occurring at different levels of analysis, virtually anyone can emerge as a killer or perpetrator of atrocities. While it is crucial to understand individual killers in terms of the details of their biographies, it is equally crucial to understand political atrocities in terms of the details of their histories; and to see that persons and groups are always the product of complexly interacting assemblage processes.
Robert Shanafelt (1957-2014) was an associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Georgia Southern University. Nathan W. Pino is a professor of sociology at Texas State University, where he conducts research on policing and police reform in an international context, sexual and other forms of extreme violence, and the attitudes and behaviors of college students.
Nathan W. Pino, Robert Shanafelt
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Social Issues, Services & Welfare
Routledge Advances in Sociology
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