Source: (2000) Social Justice Research. 14(2): 121-124.

On close examination, distinctions among victims, perpetrators, and bystanders lose their clarity and simplicity, but not their importance. Each of the papers in this Special Issue addresses three of the complexities such a close examination reveals: (1) the highly contested nature of the process of 'naming, claiming, and blaming' (Felstiner et al., 1980/1981); (2) the deep ambiguities experienced by those directly involved; and (3) the critical importance of developmental trajectories of the process. Excerpt.