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Ordinary People In Extra-Ordinary Circumstances

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This chapter examines how ordinary people are gradually transformed into perpetrators. It focuses on the social-psychological mechanisms and neutralization techniques which play a role in this transformation process and it put special emphasis on the reduction of restraints which usually inhibits from committing horrendous crimes. Some perpetrators play important initiating roles, while others merely follow the flow. Some physically torture while others draft policies and do paperwork. After an overview of research on the perpetrators within mainly Nazi-Germany the chapter focuses on the transformation process of ordinary people into perpetrators. The chapter emphasizes the differences between perpetrators by presenting a typology of perpetrators. It say a few words about gender and pose the question whether males are more prone to commit international crimes than females.

Keywords: Nazi-Germany; neutralization techniques; perpetrators; social-psychological mechanisms



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