Making Monsters Book

Making Monsters


  • Author : David Livingstone Smith
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-28
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674269774

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Making Monsters Excerpt :

A leading scholar explores what it means to dehumanize others—and how and why we do it. “I wouldn’t have accepted that they were human beings. You would see an infant who’s just learning to smile, and it smiles at you, but you still kill it.” So a Hutu man explained to an incredulous researcher, when asked to recall how he felt slaughtering Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. Such statements are shocking, yet we recognize them; we hear their echoes in accounts of genocides, massacres, and pogroms throughout history. How do some people come to believe that their enemies are monsters, and therefore easy to kill? In Making Monsters David Livingstone Smith offers a poignant meditation on the philosophical and psychological roots of dehumanization. Drawing on harrowing accounts of lynchings, Smith establishes what dehumanization is and what it isn’t. When we dehumanize our enemy, we hold two incongruous beliefs at the same time: we believe our enemy is at once subhuman and fully human. To call someone a monster, then, is not merely a resort to metaphor—dehumanization really does happen in our minds. Turning to an abundance of historical examples, Smith explores the relationship between dehumanization and racism, the psychology of hierarchy, what it means to regard others as human beings, and why dehumanizing others transforms them into something so terrifying that they must be destroyed. Meticulous but highly readable, Making Monsters suggests that the process of dehumanization is deeply seated in our psychology. It is precisely because we are all human that we are vulnerable to the manipulations of those trading in the politics of demonization and violence.

Making Monsters Book
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Making Monsters


  • Author : Richard Ofshe
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1996-01-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 0520205839

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Making Monsters Excerpt :

In the last decade, reports of incest have exploded into the national consciousness. Magazines, talk shows, and mass market paperbacks have taken on the subject as many Americans, primarily women, have come forward with graphic memories of childhood abuse. Making Monsters examines the methods of therapists who treat patients for depression by working to draw out memories or, with the use of hypnosis, to encourage fantasies of childhood abuse the patients are told they have repressed. Since this therapy may leave the patient more depressed and alienated than before, questions are appropriately raised here about the ethics and efficacy of such treatment. In the last decade, reports of incest have exploded into the national consciousness. Magazines, talk shows, and mass market paperbacks have taken on the subject as many Americans, primarily women, have come forward with graphic memories of childhood abuse. Making Monsters examines the methods of therapists who treat patients for depression by working to draw out memories or, with the use of hypnosis, to encourage fantasies of childhood abuse the patients are told they have repressed. Since this therapy may leave the patient more depressed and alienated than before, questions are appropriately raised here about the ethics and efficacy of such treatment.

Making Monsters Book

Making Monsters


  • Author : David Livingstone Smith
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-12
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674545564

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Making Monsters Excerpt :

A leading scholar explores what it means to dehumanize othersÑand how and why we do it. ÒI wouldnÕt have accepted that they were human beings. You would see an infant whoÕs just learning to smile, and it smiles at you, but you still kill it.Ó So a Hutu man explained to an incredulous researcher, when asked to recall how he felt slaughtering Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. Such statements are shocking, yet we recognize them; we hear their echoes in accounts of genocides, massacres, and pogroms throughout history. How do some people come to believe that their enemies are monsters, and therefore easy to kill? In Making Monsters David Livingstone Smith offers a poignant meditation on the philosophical and psychological roots of dehumanization. Drawing on harrowing accounts of lynchings, Smith establishes what dehumanization is and what it isnÕt. When we dehumanize our enemy, we hold two incongruous beliefs at the same time: we believe our enemy is at once subhuman and fully human. To call someone a monster, then, is not merely a resort to metaphorÑdehumanization really does happen in our minds. Turning to an abundance of historical examples, Smith explores the relationship between dehumanization and racism, the psychology of hierarchy, what it means to regard others as human beings, and why dehumanizing others transforms them into something so terrifying that they must be destroyed. Meticulous but highly readable, Making Monsters suggests that the process of dehumanization is deeply seated in our psychology. It is precisely because we are all human that we are vulnerable to the manipulations of those trading in the politics of demonization and violence.

Making Monsters  A Speculative and Classical Anthology Book

Making Monsters A Speculative and Classical Anthology


  • Author : Djibril al-Ayad
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release Date : 2018-07-05
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN 10 : 9780995726505

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Making Monsters A Speculative and Classical Anthology Excerpt :

We have always made monsters: in art, in myth, in religion; out of clay or bronze, pixels or hybrid flesh; from the stuff of human nightmares; by cursing women with bestial traits. This anthology brings together fiction and accessible academic writing in conversation about monsters and their roles in our lives-and ours in theirs.

Monsters of the G  vaudan Book
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Monsters of the G vaudan


  • Author : Jay M. Smith
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 378
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674047167

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Monsters of the G vaudan Excerpt :

In a brilliant, original rendition, Monsters of the Gévaudan revisits a spellbinding French tale that has captivated imaginations for over two hundred years, and offers the definitive explanation of the strange events that underlie this timeless story. In 1764 a peasant girl was killed and partially eaten while tending a flock of sheep. Eventually, over a hundred victims fell prey to a mysterious creature, or creatures, whose cunning and deadly efficiency terrorized the region and mesmerized Europe. The fearsome aggressor quickly took on mythic status, and the beast of the Gévaudan passed into French folklore. What species was this killer, why did it decapitate so many of its victims, and why did it prefer the flesh of women and children? Why did contemporaries assume that the beast was anything but a wolf, or a pack of wolves, as authorities eventually claimed, and why is the tale so often ignored in histories of the ancien régime? Smith finds the answer to these last two questions in an accident of timing. The beast was bound to be perceived as strange and anomalous because its ravages coincided with the emergence of modernity itself. Expertly situated within the social, intellectual, cultural, and political currents of French life in the 1760s, Monsters of the Gévaudan will engage a wide range of readers with both its recasting of the beast narrative and its compelling insights into the allure of the monstrous in historical memory.

Saracens  Demons    Jews Book
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Saracens Demons Jews


  • Author : Debra Higgs Strickland
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 0691057192

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Saracens Demons Jews Excerpt :

These images, which reached a broad and socially varied audience across Western Europe, appeared in virtually all artistic media, including illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, sculpture, metalwork, and tapestry.".

Creating Monsters Book

Creating Monsters


  • Author : Sherman D. Manning
  • Publisher : American Dream Online Books
  • Release Date : 2016-03-27
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 9780974326016

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Creating Monsters Excerpt :

Attorney Robert D. Blasier was on the O.J. Simpson Dream Team. Bob represented the Unabomber and hundreds of other high profile clients. Bob is a graduate of Harvard Law School and he says, "Sherman D. Manning is a student of the youth revolution. Sherman was mentored by Ambassador Andrew Young, Reverend Hosea Williams and other famous Americans. Sherman went from preaching in Switzerland and walking with Jesse Jackson to living in a jail-cell. Prison is a dark place " Blasier continues, "But in that dark and dangerous place Sherman was mentored by Chief Deputy Warden Terry L. Rosario and Patricia Kennedy, Captain Steve Vance, Associate Warden Fred Schroeder and Warden James "Jimbo" Walker. And with their guidance (via arguments, lectures and conferences, etc.) Sherman built Gang Bangers for God (G.B.G.) and HEART (Helping Educate at Risk Teens) from the ground up... G.B.G. is backed by Senate president Pro-Tem (Ret.) John Burton. Sherman's advisory board is directed by Franklin Curren, M.D. (a graduate of Harvard). A brilliant team of psychiatrists (i.e. C. Solis, M.D. and Jennifer Heitkamp, M.D.) and psychologists leads his team.... This book is a bright portrait of youths in prison, written and developed in Sherman's dark room ... Read this book "

Monsters Book

Monsters


  • Author : Lloyd Sparks
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2007-03-02
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 118
  • ISBN 10 : 9780595870233

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Monsters Excerpt :

With the collapse of the government after the Second World War, Americans have learned to live without help or interference from police, lawyers and bureaucrats. In this simple and happy world lives an eleven-year-old boy who wants to be a scientist. Unfortunately, he's grounded for taking his friends into outer space in his spaceship without asking first. Now there's nothing to do to escape boredom but make monsters. He starts with a strange fungus he finds at school. Unfortunately his specimen becomes a little too hard to handle when it grows into a giant and learns to move. Before he can destroy it, the thing makes its escape into the neighbors' pond. Making a submarine to go after it doesn't quite work out, though, when the sub becomes a snack for a giant octopus. No matter, for the scientist and his friends have more pressing concerns than a fungus monster and a giant octopus. By mixing frog DNA with a chicken egg they've accidentally created a dinosaur which threatens the entire county.

The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters Book

The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters


  • Author : Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317044253

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The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters Excerpt :

From vampires and demons to ghosts and zombies, interest in monsters in literature, film, and popular culture has never been stronger. This concise Encyclopedia provides scholars and students with a comprehensive and authoritative A-Z of monsters throughout the ages. It is the first major reference book on monsters for the scholarly market. Over 200 entries written by experts in the field are accompanied by an overview introduction by the editor. Generic entries such as 'ghost' and 'vampire' are cross-listed with important specific manifestations of that monster. In addition to monsters appearing in English-language literature and film, the Encyclopedia also includes significant monsters in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African and Middle Eastern traditions. Alphabetically organized, the entries each feature suggestions for further reading. The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters is an invaluable resource for all students and scholars and an essential addition to library reference shelves.

Monsters and the Monstrous Book
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Monsters and the Monstrous


  • Author : Niall Scott
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release Date : 2007-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9789042022539

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Monsters and the Monstrous Excerpt :

Emerging from depths comes a series of papers dealing with one of the most significant creations that reflects on and critiques human existence. Both a warning and a demonstration, the monster as myth and metaphor provides an articulation of human imagination that toys with the permissible and impermissible. Monsters from zombies to cuddly cartoon characters, emerging from sewers, from pages of literature, propaganda posters, movies and heavy metal, all are covered in this challenging, scholarly collection. This volume the third in the series presents a marvellous collection of studies on the metaphor of the monster in literature, cinema, music, culture, philosophy, history and politics. Both historical reflection and concerns of our time are addressed with clarity and written in an accessible manner providing appeal for the scholar and lay reader alike. This eclectic collection will be of interest to academics and students working in a range of disciplines, such as cultural studies, film studies, political theory, philosophy and literature studies.

Living with Monsters  Social Implications of Algorithmic Phenomena  Hybrid Agency  and the Performativity of Technology Book

Living with Monsters Social Implications of Algorithmic Phenomena Hybrid Agency and the Performativity of Technology


  • Author : Ulrike Schultze
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-11-29
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 199
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030040918

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Living with Monsters Social Implications of Algorithmic Phenomena Hybrid Agency and the Performativity of Technology Excerpt :

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the IFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Information Systems and Organizations, IS&O 2018, held in San Francisco, CA, USA, in December 2018. The 11 revised full papers presented together with one short paper and 2 keynote papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 47 submissions. The papers are organized in the following topical sections: setting the stage; social implications of algorithmic phenomena; hybrid agency and the performativity of technology; and living with monsters.

On Inhumanity Book

On Inhumanity


  • Author : David Livingstone Smith
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-05-25
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190923020

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On Inhumanity Excerpt :

The Rwandan genocide, the Holocaust, the lynching of African Americans, the colonial slave trade: these are horrific episodes of mass violence spawned from racism and hatred. We like to think that we could never see such evils again--that we would stand up and fight. But something deep in the human psyche--deeper than prejudice itself--leads people to persecute the other: dehumanization, or the human propensity to think of others as less than human. An award-winning author and philosopher, Smith takes an unflinching look at the mechanisms of the mind that encourage us to see someone as less than human. There is something peculiar and horrifying in human psychology that makes us vulnerable to thinking of whole groups of people as subhuman creatures. When governments or other groups stand to gain by exploiting this innate propensity, and know just how to manipulate words and images to trigger it, there is no limit to the violence and hatred that can result. Drawing on numerous historical and contemporary cases and recent psychological research, On Inhumanity is the first accessible guide to the phenomenon of dehumanization. Smith walks readers through the psychology of dehumanization, revealing its underlying role in both notorious and lesser-known episodes of violence from history and current events. In particular, he considers the uncomfortable kinship between racism and dehumanization, where beliefs involving race are so often precursors to dehumanization and the horrors that flow from it. On Inhumanity is bracing and vital reading in a world lurching towards authoritarian political regimes, resurgent white nationalism, refugee crises that breed nativist hostility, and fast-spreading racist rhetoric. The book will open your eyes to the pervasive dangers of dehumanization and the prejudices that can too easily take root within us, and resist them before they spread into the wider world.

Monsters Among Us  Book

Monsters Among Us


  • Author : Mark Young
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781481491358

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Monsters Among Us Excerpt :

The hilarious madness at Franken-Sci High continues in this second book in a wacky series created with The Jim Henson Company. Franken-Sci High is the only school in the world for aspiring mad scientists and it’s located on a craggy island in the Bermuda Triangle, of course! While some mad scientists are power-hungry maniacs, the school was founded in 1536 as a refuge for generations of brilliant—and sometimes eccentric—young minds. Students are encouraged to use their brainpower for good, but the teachers accept that some kids will want to take over the world…and the school cafeteria. In the second book in the Franken-Sci High series, Monsters Among Us, Newton Warp’s friends notice he’s being followed around by a strange new professor, Dr. Flubitus, but have no idea why. Newton wonders if it has something to do with the barcode on his foot. He doesn’t have much time to dwell on it, though, because soon there are reports of a giant monster loose on campus! Shelly assumes a school for mad scientists would have top-notch security against monsters, nosy tourists, and other invaders, but soon she and her friends Newton and Theremin discover a gaping loophole in the system. If a marauding monster can find its way to the school’s secret location in the Bermuda Triangle and figure out how to open a portal to the campus, anyone else could get in, too! Then Shelly finds out she might be the reason the monster is there in the first place… TM & © 2019 The Jim Henson Company

Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History Book

Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History


  • Author : Iris Idelson-Shein
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-02-21
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350052154

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Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History Excerpt :

This is the first study of monstrosity in Jewish history from the Middle Ages to modernity. Drawing on Jewish history, literary studies, folklore, art history and the history of science, it examines both the historical depiction of Jews as monsters and the creative use of monstrous beings in Jewish culture. Jews have occupied a liminal position within European society and culture, being deeply immersed yet outsiders to it. For this reason, they were perceived in terms of otherness and were often represented as monstrous beings. However, at the same time, European Jews invoked, with tantalizing ubiquity, images of magical, terrifying and hybrid beings in their texts, art and folktales. These images were used by Jewish authors and artists to push back against their own identification as monstrous or diabolical and to tackle concerns about religious persecution, assimilation and acculturation, gender and sexuality, science and technology and the rise of antisemitism. Bringing together an impressive cast of contributors from around the world, this fascinating volume is an invaluable resource for academics, postgraduates and advanced undergraduates interested in Jewish studies, as well as the history of monsters.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book
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My Favorite Thing is Monsters


  • Author : Emil Ferris
  • Publisher : Fantagraphics Books
  • Release Date : 2017-02-15
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN 10 : 9781606999592

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My Favorite Thing is Monsters Excerpt :

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.