The Killing Compartments by Abram de Swaan

The Killing Compartments

An incisive exploration of why acts of mass annihilation take place and how people become mass killers By historical standards, the early years of the twenty-first century have been remarkably peaceful. Only rarely are people killed by their own kind, and only very, very rarely are they killed by other animals, microorganisms excepted.  Nevertheless, even though the statistics should reassure, many people worry about lone killers, murderous gang...


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TitleThe Killing Compartments
ISBN9780300208726
Author
Release DateJan 13th, 2015
PublisherYale University Press
LanguageEnglish
GenrePsychology, Nonfiction, Science, History, Sociology
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  • Megan
    2015-01-12
    This book was more academic than I anticipated ( I now know the words "mesosociological" and "dysmentalization," but although it was somewhat of a slog in places, I found its central message rather reassuring. de Swaan takes on the common wisdom that under the 'right' circumstances, anyone could commit mass murder. While he acknowledges the validity of research into certain groups like Police Battalion 101 (from Browning's Ordinary Men, which I h...
  • Georgina Nish
    2019-01-28
    Boring!Boring!Boring! Extremely repetitive and for what should be a scholarly review of case studies, experiments and interviews is very full of biased opinions. Not to mention confusing and inconsistent as often he will mention something then say oh yes that, I’m going to explain that in this later chapter making it sound as if you are meant to be jumping between chapters. When mentioning other scholar he is never consistent for some he just s...
  • Betül YILMAZ
    2019-04-01
    Kitabın giriş bölümü beni hayli heyecanlandırdı diyebilirim. Arendt’in kötülüğün sıradanlığında savunduğu “her insan uygun koşullar altında kitle katili olabilir” düşüncesi, milgram ve zimbardo deneylerinde otoriteye itaatin tasdiki benim zihnimde her zaman bir soru işaretiydi. Bu argümanlar nedeniyle kendime yıllar boyu savaş mağdurları hikayelerini okurken şunu sormuştum, uygun koşullar altında ben de insan...
  • Zheluo Cai
    2019-03-02
    The Killing Compartments by Abram De Swaan attempts to fathom the mentality of those who commit mass murder or genocide within specified geographical ‘killing compartments’ organized by murderous regimes. This study in genocide is multidisciplinary (encompassing anthropology, history, political science, psychology, and sociology), delving into the complex issues of how ordinary men and women become willing partners in horrific mass violence a...
  • Riet
    2014-03-02
    Dit boek is een poging om vanuit de sociologie verklaringen te geven voor het gedrag van mensen die actief deelnemen aan genocides, martelingen etc. het blijft bij eenpoging, de schrijver vindt geen afdoende verklaring. Het zijn vaak "gewone mensen", die in bepaalde omstandigehden vreselijke dingen doen, maar dat wisten we al. Het boek is wel interessant,omdat de Swaan veel voorbeelden van genocides wat nader bekijkt, maar het blijft toch aan de ...
  • Frans van Liempt
    2016-06-26
    Het boek geeft eerder een goede analyse dan een weerlegging van wat Arendt 'de banaliteit van het kwaad' heeft genoemd. Belangrijke lectuur! Helaas mis ik wel de invloed van een editor, die veel goed werk had kunnen doen: de schrijver valt teveel in herhalingen en gebruikt teveel jargon.
  • Sander Boek
    2014-02-09
    Overdreven gekunsteld overzicht van de sociologie achter genocidale regimes en daders met veel herhalingen en te weinig voorbeelden. Belangrijkste argument luidt compartimentalisatie. Nogal zwak voor een werk van 300 pagina's.