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Genocidal Crimes (Key Ideas in Criminology)by Alex Alvarez
Synopses & Reviews
Genocide has emerged as one of the leading problems of the twentieth century. No corner of the world seems immune from this form of collective violence. While many individuals are familiar with the term, few people have a clear understanding of what genocide is and how it is carried out. This book clearly discusses the concept of genocide and dispels the widely held misconceptions about how these crimes occur and the mechanisms necessary for its perpetration.
Genocidal Crimes differs from much of the writing on the subject in that it explicitly relies upon the criminological literature to explain the nature and functioning of genocide. Criminology, with its focus on various types of criminality and violence, has much to offer in terms of explaining the origins, dynamics, and facilitators of this particular form of collective violence. Through application of a number of criminological theories to various elements of genocide Alex Alvarez presents a comprehensive analysis of this particular crime. These criminological perspectives are underpinned by a variety of psychological, sociological, and political science based insights in order to present a more complete discussion of the nature and functioning of genocide.
Book News Annotation:
Alvarez (criminology and criminal justice, Northern Arizona U.) once ran the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance, and Humanitarian Values. Here he writes about genocide in a manner that weaves in the literature on criminology when appropriate, especially drawing on the discipline's ability to explain the origins, dynamics, and facilitators of crime. He covers defining a crime, state crime and war, legitimacy and ideology, the organizational and individual context of perpetrators, and a possible end to genocide. This book complements and expands his 2001 Governments, Citizens, and Genocide; parts of it have been published in various formats. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Genocidal Crimes draws upon the extensive criminological literature on criminality and violence to provide a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of genocide. Written in an accessible style, this book differs from much of the writing on genocide in that it explicitly relies on criminological theory and research to help provide new insight into the nature and functioning of genocide.
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