My Lai Massacre Reading Analysis Questions

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Tyler Weed Section 13 Source : V. Lee Hamilton and Herbert C. Kelman (2006). My Lai Massacre: A Crime of Obedience?. In G. Massey (Ed.), in Readings for Sociology 5 th Ed., (pp. 34-52). New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company. Thesis: The My Lai massacre was a horrific incident, but through the processes of authorization, routinazation, and dehumanization, it is possible that the soldiers were not fully aware of what they were doing. Questions: 1. What social or cultural conditions allow people in certain situations to dehumanize other human beings to the point of being able to murder them? One condition that aides in the dehumanization process is that the “aggressors” in most situations have a great deal of hatred for the person or group they are attacking. This hatred that the group holds allows them to see there victims as sub-human, so, in the attacker’s eyes, they are doing the world a favor. For instance, if you are raised hating a certain group of people, it would not be that hard to believe that the group is less than human. Another way this phenomena can
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