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During the Khmer Rouge's brutal reign in Cambodia during the mid-to-late 1970s, a former math teacher named Duch served as the commandant of the S-21 security center, where as many as 20,000 victims were interrogated, tortured, and executed. In 2009 Duch stood trial for these crimes against humanity. While the prosecution painted Duch as evil, his defense lawyers claimed he simply followed orders. In 'Man or Monster?' Alexander Hinton uses creative ethnographic writing, extensive fieldwork, hundreds of interviews, and his experience attending Duch's trial to create a nuanced analysis of Duch, the tribunal, the Khmer Rouge, and the after-effects of Cambodia's genocide. Interested in how a person becomes a torturer and executioner as well as the law's ability to grapple with crimes against humanity, Hinton adapts Hannah Arendt's notion of the "banality of evil" to consider how the potential for violence is embedded in the everyday ways people articulate meaning and comprehend the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. The Accused, Fact Sheet, Public Version–Redacted
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Foreground: Monster
  2. pp. 3-38
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  1. Part I: Confession
  1. Interrogation: Comrade Duch’s Abecedarian
  2. pp. 41-43
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  1. Chapter 1: Man (Opening Arguments)
  2. pp. 44-67
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  1. Chapter 2: Revolutionary (M-13 Prison)
  2. pp. 68-89
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  1. Chapter 3: Subordinate (Establishment of S-21)
  2. pp. 90-102
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  1. Chapter 4: Cog (Policy and Implementation)
  2. pp. 103-129
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  1. Chapter 5: Commandant (Functioning of S-21)
  2. pp. 130-141
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  1. Chapter 6: Master (Torture and Execution)
  2. pp. 142-167
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  1. Erasure: Duch’s Apology
  2. p. 168
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  1. Part II: Reconstruction
  1. Torture, a Collage: The Testimony of Prak Khan, S-21 Interrogator
  2. pp. 171-175
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  1. Chapter 7: Villain (The Civil Parties)
  2. pp. 176-196
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  1. Chapter 8: Zealot (Prosecution)
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. Chapter 9: Scapegoat (Defense)
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. Chapter 10: The Accused (Trial Chamber Judgment)
  2. pp. 229-242
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  1. Background: Redactic (Final Decision)
  2. pp. 243-287
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  1. Epilogue: Man or Monster? (Conviction)
  2. pp. 288-296
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. Timeline
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 303-304
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 305-334
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 335-344
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 345-350
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822373551
Related ISBN
9780822362586
MARC Record
OCLC
1103689641
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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