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Rebels in a Rotten State – Understanding Atrocity in the Sierra Leone Civil War - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Rebels in a Rotten State: Understanding Atrocity in the Sierra Leone Civil War

Kieran Mitton


The atrocities of civil wars present us with many difficult questions. How do seemingly ordinary individuals come to commit such extraordinary acts of cruelty, often against unarmed civilians? Can we ever truly understand such acts of “evil”? Based on a wealth of original interviews with perpetrators of violence in Sierra Leone’s civil war, this book provides a detailed response. Moving beyond the rigid boundaries of political science, the author engages with sociology, psychology and social psychology, to provide a comprehensive picture of the complex individual motives behind seemingly sense ... More

Keywords: Sierra Leone, violence, atrocities, shame, disgust, war, brutalization

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190241582
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kieran Mitton, author
King's College London

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