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Psychological Origins of Institutionalized Torture Mika Haritos-Fatouros

Psychological Origins of Institutionalized Torture

Mika Haritos-Fatouros

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ISBN : 9780415282765
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270 pages
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What kind of person is the state-sanctioned torturer? Under what conditions do governments use torture and violence against their own citizens? This volume shows that under the right conditions even the most righteous among us can become torturersMoreWhat kind of person is the state-sanctioned torturer? Under what conditions do governments use torture and violence against their own citizens? This volume shows that under the right conditions even the most righteous among us can become torturers and killers. Approaching the subject through applied social psychology, the book links research on the torturers of the Greek military dictatorship and their victims to psychological studies of authoritarianism, conventionalism, social learning and cognitive theory.