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"Fresh, useful, and engaging. This timely book reflects new research and important critical perspectives on the role of social science and the response of anthropology to human suffering."—Richard Pierre Claude, Founding Editor of Human Rights Quarterly

"Many peoples of the world, including the Mayans in Guatemala, have been devastated and destroyed by genocide. Over many years these horrors remained only in the hearts and memory of the victims. The testimonies of the survivors who had the courage to denounce these crimes are making a contribution to scientific research. In Annihilating Difference, anthropologists grapple with an urgent public issue, taking new points of view that could help understand the magnitude of past atrocities and develop strategies to prevent future massacres in the heart of humanity."—Rigoberta Menchú Tum, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize laureate

"This volume—a collection of writings on genocide from the perspective of anthropology-seeks a deeper understanding of our era's most heinous crime. It asks not only what happened but why it happened. It seeks not simply to describe but to explain. And in offering an explanation of this horrendous social malady, it points the direction for a possible cure."—Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, from the Foreword

"This volume ranges far and wide across centuries and cultures to present fascinating perspectives on the phenomenon of genocide. It is a new venture for anthropologists, whose insights will be useful to us all and who connect their scholarship to profound moral concerns."—Howard Zinn, author of You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

"Annihilating Difference is an anthropological collection that warrants the attention of non-anthropologists. It simultaneously adds to the growing body of knowledge about genocide and provides a revealing glimpse into what anthropologists are studying and how they are studying it."—Donald L. Horowitz, author of The Deadly Ethnic Riot

Synopsis:

Genocide is one of the most pressing issues that confronts us today. Its death toll is staggering: over one hundred million dead. Because of their intimate experience in the communities where genocide takes place, anthropologists are uniquely positioned to explain how and why this mass annihilation occurs and the types of devastation genocide causes. This ground breaking book, the first collection of original essays on genocide to be published in anthropology, explores a wide range of cases, including Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Bosnia.

About the Author

Alexander Laban Hinton is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. He is editor of Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions (1999) and Genocide: An Anthropological Reader (2001).

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Acknowledgments

1. The Dark Side of Modernity:

Toward an Anthropology of Genocide

Alexander Laban Hinton

I. Modernitys Edges: Genocide and Indigenous Peoples

2. Genocide against Indigenous Peoples

David Maybury-Lewis

3. Confronting Genocide and Ethnocide of Indigenous Peoples:

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Definition, Intervention,

Prevention, and Advocacy

Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons, and Robert K. Hitchcock

II. Essentializing Difference: Anthropologists in the Holocaust

4. Justifying Genocide:

Archaeology and the Construction of Difference

Bettina Arnold

5. Scientific Racism in Service of the Reich:

German Anthropologists in the Nazi Era

Gretchen E. Schafft

III. Annihilating Difference: Local Dimensions of Genocide

6. The Cultural Face of Terror

in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994

Christopher C. Taylor

7. Dance, Music, and the Nature of Terror

in Democratic Kampuchea

Toni Shapiro-Phim

8. Averted Gaze:

Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992–1995

Tone Bringa

IV. Genocides Wake: Trauma, Memory, Coping, and Renewal

9. Archives of Violence:

The Holocaust and the German Politics of Memory

Uli Linke

10. Aftermaths of Genocide: Cambodian Villagers

May Ebihara and Judy Ledgerwood

11. Terror, Grief, and Recovery:

Genocidal Trauma in a Mayan Village in Guatemala

Beatriz Manz

12. Recent Developments in the International Law of Genocide:

An Anthropological Perspective on the

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Paul J. Magnarella

V. Critical Reflections: Anthropology and the Study of Genocide

13. Inoculations of Evil in the U.S.-Mexican Border Region:

Reflections on the Genocidal Potential

of Symbolic Violence

Carole Nagengast

14. Coming to our Senses: Anthropology and Genocide

Nancy Scheper-Hughes

15. Culture, Genocide, and a Public Anthropology

John R. Bowen

List of Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520230293
Editor:
Hinton, Alexander Laban
Foreword:
Roth, Kenneth
Foreword by:
Roth, Kenneth M.
Foreword:
Roth, Kenneth
Foreword:
Roth, Kenneth M.
Editor:
Hinton, Alexander Laban
Author:
Roth, Kenneth
Author:
Hinton, Alexander Laban, Prof.
Author:
Hinton, Alexander Laban
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Genocide
Subject:
Ethnic conflict
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 b/w photographs, 3 line illustrations
Pages:
419
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 20 oz

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Genocide is one of the most pressing issues that confronts us today. Its death toll is staggering: over one hundred million dead. Because of their intimate experience in the communities where genocide takes place, anthropologists are uniquely positioned to explain how and why this mass annihilation occurs and the types of devastation genocide causes. This ground breaking book, the first collection of original essays on genocide to be published in anthropology, explores a wide range of cases, including Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Bosnia.
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