Betrayal and Betrayers - the Sociology of Treachery
Summary, in English
Taking as a point of departure Simmel’s work of on secrets and secrecy, categories of betrayal are discussed, as well as conditions that influence the emotions or its intensity.
Sometimes the betrayer is seen as a hero and at other times a traitor; sometimes there are competing loyalties. In certain situations, it is difficult to avoid betrayal or the perception of betrayal.
Strategies of avoiding betrayal are discussed, ranging from not telling, to making sure one does not know about something in the first place.
Initially inspired by research on criminal informers in prison, the author has also drawn on her won research work from women shelters. Using biographies and autobiographies and a broad range of literature related to spies, World War II, the McCarthy era, and recent work on whistle-blower, a fascinating sociological theme is discovered.
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- Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
- social forms
- Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk
- ISBN: 0-88738-358-0