Why We Kill: Understanding Violence Across Cultures and Disciplines

2nd Edition

Nancy Loucks, Sally Smith Holt, Joanna R. Adler

Routledge
March 31, 2020 Forthcoming
Textbook - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780367271664 - CAT# 304572

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Summary

Why We Kill examines violence in many of its manifestations, exploring how culture plays a role in people's understanding of violent action. Fully updated, with new chapters covering more conventional forms of homicide and mass shootings in the USA, this book examines psychological, ethical, political, and moral justifications for extremes in human behaviour. It augments international a debate on a myriad of forms of killing, including Infanticide, serial killings, war, terrorism, abortion, honour killings, euthanasia, suicide bombings and genocide, and discusses the different types of killing and how people are able to maintain apparent contradictions in their moral beliefs. Each chapter presents a full picture of their subjects and many sides of the debate in order to increase readers’ understanding of the discussion, regardless of their own perspectives. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of criminology, psychology, sociology, politics, law and religion.

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