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The Resource Why not kill them all? : the logic and prevention of mass political murder, Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley

Why not kill them all? : the logic and prevention of mass political murder, Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley

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Why not kill them all? : the logic and prevention of mass political murder
Title
Why not kill them all?
Title remainder
the logic and prevention of mass political murder
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley
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Language
eng
Summary
"Cowritten by historical sociologist Daniel Chirot and psychologist Clark McCauley, the book goes beyond exploring the motives that have provided the psychological underpinnings for genocidal killings. It offers a historical and comparative context that adds up to a causal taxonomy of genocidal events. Rather than suggesting that such horrors are the product of abnormal or criminal minds, the authors emphasize the normality of these horrors: killing by category has occurred on every continent and in every century. But genocide is much less common than the imbalance of power that makes it possible. Throughout history human societies have developed techniques aimed at limiting intergroup violence. Incorporating ethnographic, historical, and current political evidence, this book examines the mechanisms of constraint that human societies have employed to temper partisan passions and reduce carnage."--Jacket
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Chirot, Daniel
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6322.7
LC item number
.C47 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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McCauley, Clark R
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  • Genocide
  • Social conflict
  • Conflict management
  • Genocide
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Why not kill them all? : the logic and prevention of mass political murder, Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-248) and index
Contents
Introduction. Are we killers or peacemakers? -- 1. Why genocides? : are they different now than in the past? -- The four main motives leading to mass political murder -- Are modern genocides and ethnic cleansings different? -- Retribalization and the modern state -- 2. The psychological foundations of genocidal killing -- How to get ordinary people to become butchers -- Organization -- Emotional appeals : leaders and followers -- Essentializing others -- The dangerous similar others -- The conditions of genocide -- 3. Why is limited warfare more common than genocide? -- Weighing the costs of genocidal conflicts -- Limiting the damage of warfare -- Exogamy : making the enemy part of the family -- Establishing codes of warfare and exchange to limit violence -- Are rules of exogamy, codes of honor, and potlatching still relevant? -- The mercantile compulsion -- Morality and modesty : rejecting certitude -- Yearning for solutions -- 4. Strategies to decrease the chances of mass political murder in our time -- State policies that reduce hostility between groups -- Limiting demands for justice and revenge -- Modest solutions and small-scale changes to promote tolerance -- The crucial role of states in promoting peaceful exchanges -- Individual rights and pluralist histories -- Conclusion. Our question answered
Control code
62782204
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 268 p.
Isbn
9780691092966
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005037887
System control number
(OCoLC)62782204
Label
Why not kill them all? : the logic and prevention of mass political murder, Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-248) and index
Contents
Introduction. Are we killers or peacemakers? -- 1. Why genocides? : are they different now than in the past? -- The four main motives leading to mass political murder -- Are modern genocides and ethnic cleansings different? -- Retribalization and the modern state -- 2. The psychological foundations of genocidal killing -- How to get ordinary people to become butchers -- Organization -- Emotional appeals : leaders and followers -- Essentializing others -- The dangerous similar others -- The conditions of genocide -- 3. Why is limited warfare more common than genocide? -- Weighing the costs of genocidal conflicts -- Limiting the damage of warfare -- Exogamy : making the enemy part of the family -- Establishing codes of warfare and exchange to limit violence -- Are rules of exogamy, codes of honor, and potlatching still relevant? -- The mercantile compulsion -- Morality and modesty : rejecting certitude -- Yearning for solutions -- 4. Strategies to decrease the chances of mass political murder in our time -- State policies that reduce hostility between groups -- Limiting demands for justice and revenge -- Modest solutions and small-scale changes to promote tolerance -- The crucial role of states in promoting peaceful exchanges -- Individual rights and pluralist histories -- Conclusion. Our question answered
Control code
62782204
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 268 p.
Isbn
9780691092966
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005037887
System control number
(OCoLC)62782204

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