6 December 2019

The Routledge International Handbook of Perpetrator Studies

Recently Routledge published The Routledge International Handbook of Perpetrator Studies. This book is edited by Dr Susanne Knittel (Modern and Contemporary Literature) and Zachary Goldberg. The Handbook features contributions by several UU researchers: Dr Kári Driscoll (Comparative Literature), Dr Ugur Ungör (Political History) and Dr Brianne McGonigle Leyh (International and European Law). 

Dr. Suzanne Knittel
Dr. Suzanne Knittel

This handbook traces the growth of an important interdisciplinary field, its foundations, key debates and core concerns, as well as highlighting current and emerging issues and approaches and pointing to new directions for enquiry. With a focus on the perpetrators of mass killings, political violence and genocide, the handbook is concerned with a range of issues relating to the figure of the perpetrator, from questions of definition, typology, and conceptual analysis, to the study of motivations and group dynamics to questions of guilt and responsibility, as well as representation and memory politics.

Contemporary perspectives

Offering an overview of the field, its essential concepts and approaches, this foundational volume presents contemporary perspectives on longstanding debates and recent contributions to the field that significantly expand the theoretical, temporal, political, and geographical discussion of perpetrators and their representation through literature, film, and art. It points to emerging areas and future trends in the field, thus providing scholars with ideas or encouragement for future research activity. As such, It will appeal to scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, criminology, philosophy, memory studies, psychology, political science, literary studies, film studies, law, cultural studies and visual art.