Everywhere the Same, yet Different
Journal of Genocide Research
GB : Carfax
299 - 306 p.
“The linkages between violence and spectacle extend back to biblical and classical times and even before that, to the cultures of prerecorded history. The contemporary digital world has become too familiar with media display of graphic violence.” Edward Weisband’s book launches with an ambitious project. By approaching the twentieth century in a long-durée and transnational perspective, the political scientist draws attention to a neglected issue in the study of genocide and mass violence: performativity, or the staging, dramaturgy, and aesthetics of human violation. Weisband makes excellent use of psychological theory and qualitative psychological analysis. His book offers us a fascinating voyage into the mind of perpetrators." [...]