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Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide
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Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity and Moral Choice

Kristen Renwick Monroe

Abstract

What causes genocide? Why do some stand by, doing nothing, while others risk their lives to help the persecuted? This book analyzes riveting interviews with bystanders, Nazi supporters, and rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust to lay bare critical psychological forces operating during genocide. The book's examination of these moving—and disturbing—interviews underscores the significance of identity for moral choice. The book finds that self-image and identity—especially the sense of self in relation to others—determine and delineate our choice options, not just morally but cognitively. It int ... More

Keywords: genocide, persecution, moral choice, identity, self-image, dehumanization, Holocaust, prejudice, aggression, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151373
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151373.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristen Renwick Monroe, author
University of California, Irvine