Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide by Alexander Laban Hinton, Kenneth Roth

By Alexander Laban Hinton, Kenneth Roth

Genocide is among the such a lot urgent matters that confronts us at the present time. Its dying toll is outstanding: over 100 million lifeless. due to their intimate event within the groups the place genocide occurs, anthropologists are uniquely situated to provide an explanation for how and why this mass annihilation happens and the categories of devastation genocide explanations. This flooring breaking e-book, the 1st choice of unique essays on genocide to be released in anthropology, explores quite a lot of instances, together with Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Bosnia.

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Other Nazi anthropologists might have wanted to avoid military service. Many of these individuals may have believed that the lethal racist policies of the Third Reich were backed by scientific research. 20 This vagueness subsequently enabled many Nazi anthropologists to escape punishment and continue their careers after the war, sometimes in positions of prominence. Finally, Schafft asks why anthropologists have been so hesitant to explore this dark chapter of their disciplinary history. Perhaps anthropologists don’t want to draw further attention to the fact that their participation in public projects has sometimes been ethically suspect and had disastrous results.

Other Nazi anthropologists might have wanted to avoid military service. Many of these individuals may have believed that the lethal racist policies of the Third Reich were backed by scientific research. 20 This vagueness subsequently enabled many Nazi anthropologists to escape punishment and continue their careers after the war, sometimes in positions of prominence. Finally, Schafft asks why anthropologists have been so hesitant to explore this dark chapter of their disciplinary history. Perhaps anthropologists don’t want to draw further attention to the fact that their participation in public projects has sometimes been ethically suspect and had disastrous results.

Sadly, despite their admirable accomplishments in rebuilding their lives and overcoming the trauma of genocide, Cambodians have been forced to continue living in an atmosphere of uncertainty and terror. For more than a decade after DK, people feared the return of the Khmer Rouge, who, supported by the United States and other foreign powers, battled government forces in many areas. In addition, armed men and bandits have terrorized people in many parts of the country. Innocent Cambodians have been robbed and killed in random acts of violence, sometimes perpetrated by rogue military or police units that feel they can act with impunity.

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