Everyday Evil: Why Our World is the Way It Is
Everyday Evil: Why Our World is the Way It Is

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Publisher: Tidewater Press

Author Statement: Monique Layton
Audience: Trade
Pages: 272
Trim Size: 5 1/2" X 8 1/2"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20211215
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Everyday Evil: Why Our World is the Way It Is

Instead of the epic, alien force of our imagination, anthropologist Monique Layton argues that evil is intrinsic to our humanity, constantly evolving with modern notions of morality.

Much of the world's suffering, she argues, can be traced back to the individual actions of ordinary people trying--and failing--to maintain a static social order.

Drawing on anthropology, history, philosophy and popular culture, Layton provides a new lens through which to view contemporary issues, establishing connections between such disparate phenomena as:

  • medieval law enforcement and the Trump Baby balloon
  • the Salem witch trials and female genital mutilation
  • body-snatching and surrogacy
  • slavery and fast fashion.


Monique Layton is the former Associate Director of the Centre for Distance Education (Criminology Programs) at Simon Fraser University and resides in Vancouver.

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