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Människor och monster : om politiskt våld ur förövarens perspektiv

Wittmann, Sofia LU (2013) MRSK30 20122
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
Despite vast existing research on apartheid in South Africa, little is known about the perspective of those who got blamed for the comprehensive violence, those who thought of themselves as confident combatants and heroes, while others judged them as criminals. This study aspires to create a more nuanced picture of these men and focuses on the perpetrators self perception concerning the political violence. It examines the complex elements of individual responsibility, moral beliefs, indoctrination and self justification. The study is executed as a narrative analysis as it compares six different Amnesty hearings, held by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The applied theoretical perspective rests on the assumption that... (More)
Despite vast existing research on apartheid in South Africa, little is known about the perspective of those who got blamed for the comprehensive violence, those who thought of themselves as confident combatants and heroes, while others judged them as criminals. This study aspires to create a more nuanced picture of these men and focuses on the perpetrators self perception concerning the political violence. It examines the complex elements of individual responsibility, moral beliefs, indoctrination and self justification. The study is executed as a narrative analysis as it compares six different Amnesty hearings, held by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The applied theoretical perspective rests on the assumption that most acts of political violence are a product of circumstances rather than individual inclinations. As great theorists have claimed this before, one of the premier purposes of this study was to test this theory in a narrow context. Further more the study only aspires to explain the social reality of these men according to themselves, and therefore no extensive research has been made regarding apartheid in general. The analysis raises important questions regarding whether it’s really appropriate to grant murderers amnesty as a reward for confessing their crimes. Most importantly these stories add further nuance to the term perpetrator and human behavior, which makes this study a part of the constantly growing body of research on understanding humanity and evil. (Less)
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author
Wittmann, Sofia LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSK30 20122
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
vittnesmål, indoktrinering, kombattant, Ondska, förövare, kommission, Human rights, Mänskliga rättigheter
language
Swedish
id
3803239
date added to LUP
2013-07-18 14:04:47
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:43
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  abstract     = {Despite vast existing research on apartheid in South Africa, little is known about the perspective of those who got blamed for the comprehensive violence, those who thought of themselves as confident combatants and heroes, while others judged them as criminals. This study aspires to create a more nuanced picture of these men and focuses on the perpetrators self perception concerning the political violence. It examines the complex elements of individual responsibility, moral beliefs, indoctrination and self justification. The study is executed as a narrative analysis as it compares six different Amnesty hearings, held by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The applied theoretical perspective rests on the assumption that most acts of political violence are a product of circumstances rather than individual inclinations. As great theorists have claimed this before, one of the premier purposes of this study was to test this theory in a narrow context. Further more the study only aspires to explain the social reality of these men according to themselves, and therefore no extensive research has been made regarding apartheid in general. The analysis raises important questions regarding whether it’s really appropriate to grant murderers amnesty as a reward for confessing their crimes. Most importantly these stories add further nuance to the term perpetrator and human behavior, which makes this study a part of the constantly growing body of research on understanding humanity and evil.},
  author       = {Wittmann, Sofia},
  keyword      = {vittnesmål,indoktrinering,kombattant,Ondska,förövare,kommission,Human rights,Mänskliga rättigheter},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Människor och monster : om politiskt våld ur förövarens perspektiv},
  year         = {2013},
}