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Contextualizing mass atrocity crimes: The dynamics of 'extremely violent societies'

Karstedt, S (2012) Contextualizing mass atrocity crimes: The dynamics of 'extremely violent societies'. European Journal of Criminology, 9 (5). 499 - 513 . ISSN 1477-3708


Mass violence and genocidal events are presently characterized by new patterns that clearly set them apart from previous genocides and mass atrocities. These changes in the nature of mass atrocity events have necessarily shifted perspectives and conceptualizations of genocide and mass atrocities. Gerlach's (2006, 2010) concept of 'extremely violent societies' seeks to deconstruct conventional understandings of genocidal mass violence and to re-contextualize it within a larger framework of conflict and in the 'grassroots nature' of other types of violence from which these events emerge. Based on his concept, I constructed a 'Violent Societies Index' (VSI), which offers a new approach to the multifaceted nature of contemporary mass violence and provides a new tool for a contextual and pattern analysis: it is the 'how' of extreme levels of violence that is addressed rather than the 'why'.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Law (Leeds) > Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 09:32
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:35
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1477370812454646
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/1477370812454646
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74774

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