Genocide : A Reader

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Genocide is a phenomenon that continues to confound scholars, practitioners, and general readers. Notwithstanding the carnage of the twentieth century, our understanding of genocide remains partial. Disciplinary boundaries have inhibited integrative studies and popular, moralizing accounts have hindered comprehension by advancing simple truths in an area where none are to be had. Genocide: A Reader lays the foundations for an improved understanding of genocide. With the help of 150 essential contributions, Jens Meierhenrich provides a unique introduction to the myriad dimensions of genocide and to the breadth and range of critical thinking that exists concerning it. This innovative anthology offers genre-defining as well as genre-bending selections from diverse disciplines in law, the social sciences, and the humanities as well as from other fields. A wide-ranging introductory chapter on the study and history of genocide accompanies the carefully curated and annotated collection. By revisiting the past of genocide studies and imagining its future, Genocide: A Reader is an indispensable resource for novices and specialists alike.
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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 175.26 x 256.54 x 38.1mm | 1,247.37g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • New
  • 0195377664
  • 9780195377668

Table of contents

Contents ; Preface and Acknowledgments ; Introduction: The Study and History of Genocide ; Chapter One: Concepts ; 1. Genos and Cide Raphael Lemkin ; Raphael Lemkin, Axis Rule in Occupied Europe: Laws of Occupation, Analysis of Government, Proposals for Redress (1944) ; 2. The Original Legal Definition UN Genocide Convention ; Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by Resolution 260(III) A of the United Nations General Assembly, December 9, 1948 ; 3. Actus Reus and Mens Rea of Genocide William Schabas ; William A. Schabas, Genocide in International Law: The Crimes of Crimes (2009) ; 4. Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court BL The Legal Definition ; Revised ; U.N. Doc. A/CONF.183/9 ; 5. Genocides as Utopias of Race and Nation Eric D. Weitz ; Eric D. Weitz, A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation (2003) ; 6. A Sociological Definition Helen Fein ; Helen Fein, Genocide: A Sociological Perspective (1991) ; 7. Politicide Barbara Harff and Ted Robert Gurr ; Barbara Harff and Ted Robert Gurr, "Toward Empirical Theory of Genocides and Politicides: Identification and Measurement of Cases Since 1945," International Studies Quarterly (1988) ; 8. Democide R. J. Rummel ; R.J. Rummel, Death by Government (1994) ; 9. Gendercide Mary Anne Warren ; Mary Anne Warren, Gendercide: The Implications of Sex Selection (1985) ; 10. Cultural Genocide David Nersessian ; David Nersessian, "Rethinking Cultural Genocide Under International Law," Human Rights Dialogue (2005) ; 11. Colonial Genocide David Maybury-Lewis ; David Maybury-Lewis, "Genocide against Indigenous Peoples," in Alexander Laban Hinton, ed., Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide (2002) ; 12. Genocidal Massacre Israel W. Charny ; Israel W. Charny, "Toward a Generic Definition of Genocide," in George J. Andreopoulos, ed., Genocide: Conceptual and Historical Dimensions (1994) ; 13. Genocide as a Form of War Martin Shaw ; Martin Shaw, War and Genocide: Organized Killing in Modern Society (2003) ; 14. Atrocity Crimes David Scheffer ; David Scheffer, "Genocide and Atrocity Crimes," Genocide Studies & Prevention (2006) ; 15. Extremely Violent Societies Christian Gerlach ; Christian Gerlach, Extremely Violent Societies: Mass Violence in the Twentieth-Century World (2010) ; 16. The Genocidal Continuum Nancy Scheper-Hughes ; Nancy Scheper-Hughes, "The Genocidal Continuum: Peace-Time Crimes," in Jeannette Mageo, ed., Power and the Self (2002) ; 17. Is the Holocaust Unique? Yehuda Bauer ; Yehuda Bauer, Rethinking the Holocaust (2001) ; 18. The Politics of Naming Mahmood Mamdani ; Mahmood Mamdani, "The Politics of Naming: Genocide, Civil War, and Insurgency," London Review of Books (2007) ; 19. Genocidalism Aleksandar Jokic ; Aleksandar Jokic, "Genocidalism," Journal of Ethics (2004) ; Chapter Two: Causes ; 20. The Discourse on the Extinction of Primitive Races BL Patrick Brantlinger ; Patrick Brantlinger, Dark Vanishings: The Discourse on the Extinction of Primitive Races, 1800-1930 (2003) ; 21. The Origins of the Genocidal Moment in the Colonization of Australia BL A. Dirk Moses ; A. Dirk Moses, " ; John Hagan and Wenona Rymond-Richmond, Darfur and the Crime of Genocide (2008) ; 86. DNA Technology and Srebrenica's Missing BL Sarah E. Wagner ; Sarah E. Wagner, To Know Where He Lies: DNA Technology and the Search for Srebrenica's Missing (2008) ; 87. The Trauma of Genocide BL Jens Meierhenrich ; Jens Meierhenrich,
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With its comprehensive introduction and compilation of critical essays in the field, this volume will be a key resource for anyone - students, scholars, practitioners, or lay readers - interested in genocide. * Alex Hinton, author of Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide * A multidimensional, complex, fluid, and ever-expanding concept, genocide can be bewildering and confusing. Here is a comprehensive yet eclectic guide that offers all you need to know. * Stathis Kalyvas, author of The Logic of Violence in Civil War * This monumental compilation provides a compelling and up-to-date survey of genocide starting with its contested definition and historical patterns and moving to its widespread ramifications, including responses in law, media, and psychology. Jens Meierhenrich has done students, teachers, and the public a great service in collecting these sometimes little-known materials and capturing the state of a pivotal discussion in so comprehensive and responsible a way. * Samuel Moyn, author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History * It is the great merit of the editor to have assembled a large compilation of diverse texts. * Patrick Hein, Political Studies Review *
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About Jens Meierhenrich

Jens Meierhenrich is Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, and previously taught at Harvard University. His books include Lawfare and The Legacies of Law, which won the American Political Science Associations 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs. He is currently at work on a genocide trilogy.
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