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Violent Accounts: Understanding the Psychology of Perpetrators through South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Robert N. Kraft


This book presents a compelling study of how ordinary people commit extraordinary acts of violence and how perpetrators and victims manage in the aftermath. Grounded in extensive, qualitative analysis of perpetrator testimony, the book reveals the individual experiences of perpetrators as well as general patterns of influence that lead to collective violence. Drawing on public testimony from the amnesty hearings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the book interweaves hundreds of hours of testimony from seventy-four violent perpetrators in apartheid South Africa, includin ... More

Keywords: collective violence, violent perpetrators, victims, apartheid, organized violence, restorative justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479821600
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479821600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert N. Kraft, author