Killing: Misadventures In Violence
Melbourne University Publishing, Jul 1, 2009 - Social Science - 288 pages
HOW HARD IS IT TO KILL, AS A HUNTER ON A KANGAROO CULL, AS A WORKER IN AN ABBATOIR, AS AN EXECUTIONER IN A PRISON, AS A SOLDIER AT WAR? Ninety years after World War I, police in a Victorian country town uncover the mummified head of a Turkish soldier, a bullet-ridden souvenir brought home from Gallipoli by a returning ANZAC. The macabre discovery sets Jeff Sparrow on a quest to understand the nature of deadly violence. How do ordinary people-whether in today's wars or in 1915-learn to take a human life? How do they live with the aftermath? These questions lead Sparrow through history and across Australia and the USA, talking to veterans and slaughtermen, executioners and writers about one of the last remaining taboos. Compassionate, engaged and political, Killing takes us up close to the ways society kills today, meditating on what violence means, not just for perpetrators but for all of us.
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Review: Killing: Misadventures In ViolenceUser Review - Jess - Goodreads
Though I finished reading Jeff Sparrow's Killing: Misadventures in Violence weeks ago, I've been putting off writing a review. This is a harrowing read, one that digs into the psychology and social ... Read full review
Review: Killing: Misadventures In ViolenceUser Review - Jennifer (JC-S) - Goodreads
'I needed to understand killing to appreciate the head and that meant trying something very different.' Ninety years after World War I, policy in a country town in Victoria, Australia, received the ... Read full review