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The Bystander Effect

book cover image Kitty Genovese : the murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America

In 1964 Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death on her front stoop in New York City, in plain sight of thirty-eight neighbours who "didn't want to get involved". 

Her case launched a sociological theory known as the "Bystander Effect" that dramatically altered our understanding of human behaviour. 

Fifty years later countless journal articles have been written, and continue to be written, about the Bystander Effect.  Recent articles have appeared in such respected journals as Christian Science Monitor, Nation, and McLean's, available through London Public Library's databases.

Kevin Cook's new book Kitty Genovese : the murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America gives an indepth account of this horrific and seemingly incomprehensible crime. 

The details may have you wondering about what you might or might not have done if you had been there.  This is a well researched, heartfelt and moving study of the tragedy that did change America and our understanding of our very fragile human nature.

Related sections: Psychology ; Sociology ; True Crime