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Cultural Genocide (Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights)

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Most scholars of genocide focus on mass murder. Lawrence Davidson, by contrast, explores the murder of culture. He suggests that when people have limited knowledge of the culture outside of their own group, they are unable to accurately assess the alleged threat of others around them. Throughout history, dominant populations have often dealt with these fears through mass murder. However, the shock of the Holocaust now deters today’s great powers from the practice of physical genocide. Majority populations, cognizant of outside pressure and knowing that they should not resort to mass murder, have turned instead to cultural genocide as a “second best” politically determined substitute for physical genocide.

In Cultural Genocide, this theory is applied to events in four settings, two events that preceded the Holocaust and two events that followed it: the destruction of American Indians by uninformed settlers who viewed these natives as inferior and were more intent on removing them from the frontier than annihilating them; the attack on the culture of Eastern European Jews living within Russian-controlled areas before the Holocaust; the Israeli attack on Palestinian culture; and the absorption of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China.

In conclusion, Davidson examines the mechanisms that may be used to combat today’s cultural genocide as well as the contemporary social and political forces at work that must be overcome in the process.

Synopsis:

Cultural Genocide establishes a theoretical basis for understanding why groups can be readily brought to seek the elimination of out-groups using the tactic of cultural destruction. Lawrence Davidson applies his theory to four uses of cultural genocide, with two pre-Holocaust case studies and two post-Holocaust case studies. He examines the mechanisms that may be used to combat today’s cultural genocide as well as the contemporary social and political forces at work that must be overcome in the process.

About the Author

 LAWRENCE DAVIDSON is a professor of history at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood, Foreign Policy, Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest and coauthor of A Concise History of the Middle East.

Table of Contents

1. Theoretical Foundations

2. Cultural Genocide and the American Indians

3. Russia and the Jews in the Nineteenth Century

4. Israel and Palestinian Cultural Genocide

5. The Chinese Assimilation of Tibet

6. Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813553498
Author:
Davidson, Lawrence
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
162
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Politics » Human Rights
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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Cultural Genocide establishes a theoretical basis for understanding why groups can be readily brought to seek the elimination of out-groups using the tactic of cultural destruction. Lawrence Davidson applies his theory to four uses of cultural genocide, with two pre-Holocaust case studies and two post-Holocaust case studies. He examines the mechanisms that may be used to combat today’s cultural genocide as well as the contemporary social and political forces at work that must be overcome in the process.

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