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Betrayals and Treason: Violations of Trust and Loyalty

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Publisher Comments:

Betrayal and Treason examines betrayals as violations of both trust and loyalty. It offers a typology based on membership in or out of collectives within the contexts of secrecy/non-secrecy. The book shows that betrayals include such categories as espionage, whistle-blowing, infidelity, political turncoating, conversions, collaboration with occupying forces, informers, mutinies, defections, strike-breakers, professional, intellectual, and international betrayals, human rights violations, surveillance, assassinations, and state sponsored terror. Each one of the categories is presented with enticing, stimulating, and appropriate real-life illustrations and narratives.The book focuses on treason, examines diverse cultures (European countries, Israel, Canada, the United States) and such periods as World War II, the conquest of Mexico, and looks at such figures as Benedict Arnold, Ezra Pound, Edward VIII, Malinche, Vindkun Quisling, Lord Haw Haw, Tokyo Rose, and a host of others. Since World War II is an excellent period through which one can examine issues of treason, and since there has been such an increased interest in World War II, this book places a particular emphasis on that period and war. Betrayal and Treason is original in its conceptual framework, and in its breadth and depth of coverage. Yet judging by the amount of books published on similar topics in the past, there can hardly be a doubt that there has always been a genuine demand and "hunger" for an inclusive and integrative book such as this one. By offering a new and interpretive framework for betrayals, this book can serve both scholars and lay people alike in gaining a much better understanding of such a complex and fascinating behavior as betrayal.

Book News Annotation:

Ben-Yehuda (sociology, Hebrew U., Jerusalem) explores the spectrum of human behaviors defined as betrayal. He discusses "the nature of trust and loyalty, the empirical manifestations of their violations, and their meanings" (from the introduction), focusing particularly on the social phenomenon of treason. Examples are drawn from numerous cases across time and countries, including those of radio traitor Tokyo Rose, Nazi-supporting American poet Ezra Pound, and the possible treason of Edward VIII of England.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book identifies the universal structure of betrayals as the violation of trust and loyalty, and charts the different manifestations and constructions of these violations, all within numerous cases across time, place, and cultures.

About the Author

Nachman Ben-Yehuda is professor of sociology and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Specializing in the study of deviance, he graduated from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Deviance and Moral Boundaries, The Politics and Morality of Deviance, Political Assassinations by Jews, Moral Panics (with Erich Goode), and The Masada Myth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813397764
Author:
Ben-yehuda, Nachman
Publisher:
Westview Press
Author:
Ben-Yehuda, Nachman
Location:
Boulder, Colo.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Betrayal
Subject:
Treason
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Crime and Society (Paperback)
Series Volume:
190
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16.4 oz

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