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Beyond the Banality of Evil: Criminology and Genocide

Augustine Brannigan


This book is premised on the idea that genocide is a crime, and that it can be comprehended by sound criminological theories and methods. However, in contemporary social science, the first important contribution to genocide studies originated with Stanley Milgram and his experimental studies of obedience to authority in the 1960s. There has been considerable re-evaluation of original obedience paradigm since then, and a need to develop an approach that is better grounded intellectually. The book describes three paradoxes of genocide for criminology: the inauspicious motivation of the ordinary ... More

Keywords: Genocide, criminological theory, obedience, conventionalization, civilizing process, barbarism, Rwanda, pathological altruism, legal responses, genocide prevention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199674626
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Augustine Brannigan, author
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Calgary