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By Alexander Laban Hinton, Kenneth Roth

Genocide is likely one of the so much urgent concerns that confronts us this day. Its demise toll is astounding: over 100 million useless. as a result of their intimate event within the groups the place genocide happens, anthropologists are uniquely located to give an explanation for how and why this mass annihilation happens and the kinds of devastation genocide reasons. This flooring breaking publication, the 1st selection of unique essays on genocide to be released in anthropology, explores quite a lot of circumstances, together with Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Bosnia.

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Similarly, Bun, a former court dancer, survived imprisonment after his interrogator learned of his past vocation. After dancing for the prison that evening, Bun received better treatment and additional food and was one of a small number of the prisoners to survive incarceration. Shapiro-Phim argues that this evidence illustrates that there is no oneto-one correspondence between state ideology and individual practice. Khmer Rouge cadre and soldiers made choices about how to act within varying sets of situational constraints.

Concepts such as Foucault’s “microphysics of power” provide an important link between such emic and etic levels of analysis. On a more practical level, the possibility exists for productive interdisciplinary collaboration and activism. Several contributors to this volume, including Tone Bringa and Paul Magnarella, have effectively worked with lawyers and other scholars on United Nations missions to and international tribunals in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Likewise, Robert Hitchcock and David Mabury-Lewis have been at the forefront of a diverse movement to defend indigenous peoples.

These two key dimensions of genocide, modernity and the local, are exemplified by the many “ideological genocides” that have plagued the twentieth century (Smith ). In Nazi Germany and Cambodia, for example, genocide was structured by metanarratives of modernity—social engineering, progress, rationality, the elimination of the impure—and related sets of binary oppositions, including: us/them good/evil progress/degeneration       order/chaos belonging/alien purity/contamination Nevertheless, the meaning of such conceptual categories took on distinct local forms.

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