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Genocide: Perspectives from the Social Sciences

Charles Anderton ()

No 1508, Working Papers from College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics

Abstract: This article surveys risk factors for genocide and genocide prevention from the perspectives of four social science disciplines: sociology, social psychology, political science, and economics. Each discipline brings a valuable set of concepts and tools to bear in genocide research. Moreover, fruitful multi- and inter-disciplinary collaboration across the four disciplines (and other fields) is shedding new insights into why genocide has have been such a recurring tragedy in human affairs and how such atrocities can be prevented.

Keywords: genocide; mass killing; genocide prevention; behavioral experiments; loss aversion; psychic numbing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 D03 H56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-09
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Published in Sociologias Plurais, Volume 3, Number 2, 2015, Pages 155-185.

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