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Victim Mentality and Violence: Anatomy of a Relationship

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This chapter examines the relationship between victim mentality and violence and its impact on security. In order to do so, the chapter analyzes the notions of victim and victim mentality, showing how, although connected, they are different. The chapter also examines the extent to which and the ways in which victim mentality brings about violence. Finally, it assesses the impact of victim mentality violence on security.

This essay develops ideas touched upon in a lecture delivered by the author on “The Individual, National, and International Ethics of Victimhood and Responsibility,” at the Center for American Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai (November 12, 2014).

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Coicaud, JM. (2017). Victim Mentality and Violence: Anatomy of a Relationship. In: Jacob, E. (eds) Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52542-0_17

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