Rethinking Serial Murder, Spree Killing, and Atrocities

ISBN: 9781138832985

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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 phenomena such as genocide, 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.

Title:
Rethinking Serial Murder, Spree Killing, and Atrocities
ISBN-10:
1138832987
ISBN-13:
9781138832985
Author:
Robert Shanafelt and Nathan W. Pino
Publisher:
CRC Press
Published Date:
20141206
Binding
Hardback
Pages:
190
Language:
English
Product Dim.:
9 H x 6 W (inches)

Robert Shanafelt and Nathan W. Pino

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.

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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.

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