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Category Archives: Genocide

Quick links for the last couple of weeks


Oh dear, the automatic Twitter updates feature needs attention. Sigh. Meanwhile, here’s what I’ve been tweeting about: The most important tweet of the last two weeks was notification that Sage Pubs are offering FREE online access to their entire collection until October 15, 2010. Sage do this every year or so and it’s a great [...]

Articles in the APA Monitor for October


Some articles of forensic interest in the October 2007 issue of the APA’s Monitor on Psychology 38(9): APA’s council calls for ban on torture: APA names specific torture methods that the U.S. government should prohibit. Stay involved or get out? APA members deliberate whether psychologists should play a role in military interrogations. Evil’s mundane roots: [...]

Podcast round-up


Some recent podcasts on topics relevant to psychology and crime: Violent Crime in America (Leonard Lopate show, 28 Aug) Many theories have been offered up to explain the crime decline of the 1990s – from tougher policing to a decline in the crack cocaine epidemic. But why in the last few years has this decrease [...]

Mass murder: What causes it? Can it be stopped?


Via Docuticker, a readable and thought-provoking piece on mass murder from the American Sociological Association: We asked several experts to discuss various forms of mass murder, their causes, and possible means of prevention. The panelists were Katherine S. Newman, coauthor of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings; Michael Mann, author of The Dark Side [...]

If I look at the mass I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.


I know I just keep mentioning and linking to The Situationist Blog, but it is so good, with such high quality posts from such high calibre scholars. Here is another fascinating and sobering post, this time from Paul Slovic. I’ve featured his work on genocide, and our responses to genocide before on Psychology and Crime [...]

Webcast: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil


If you’re in the Cambridge Mass area on Monday 2 April at 4pm you can catch a forum led by renowned psychologist Philip Zimbardo, who will be discussing his new book, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. If you’re not able to be in Boston, the forum will be broadcast via this [...]

Replicating the Milgram experiment


One of the most famous (and infamous) studies in psychology is Stanley Milgram’s series of experiments on obedience to authority. (If you haven’t come across this work before, Wikipedia has a summary, or you can visit the Milgram website, or read Milgram’s original paper (pdf file).) The Milgram effect – that ordinary people are, under [...]

The situation in Darfur is desperate


Today is the global Darfur Day of Action. A Northwestern University press release (14 Sept) highlights a recent study that indicates that the Darfur death toll is underestimated. The unimaginable tale of genocide in Darfur continues to unfold in the news, of people burned, mutilated and otherwise slaughtered. But as devastating as those news reports [...]

News roundup, week ending 25 March 06


Here are some of the other news items that caught my eye last week: The Guardian (25 March) has a profile of convicted murderer Robert Howard, currently serving a life sentence in the UK for raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl. However, Howard has been a suspect in the rapes and murders of several other [...]

Getting to the truth about genocide


How do you uncover the truth about victims of genocide?  Wired News (9 Feb) has a report on a group of programmers and statisticians who have painstakingly documented civilian deaths in East Timor. The citizens of East Timor who perished during Indonesia’s brutal 24-year occupation of their tiny island nation might have died unaccounted for [...]