Genocides by the Oppressed: Subaltern Genocide in Theory and Practice

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Nicholas A. Robins, Adam Jones
Indiana University Press, 2009 - Political Science - 217 pages
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In the last two decades, the field of comparative genocide studies has produced an increasingly rich literature on the targeting of various groups for extermination and other atrocities, throughout history and around the contemporary world. However, the phenomenon of "genocides by the oppressed," that is, retributive genocidal actions carried out by subaltern actors, has received almost no attention. The prominence in such genocides of non-state actors, combined with the perceived moral ambiguities of retributive genocide that arise in analyzing genocidal acts "from below," have so far eluded serious investigation. Genocides by the Oppressed addresses this oversight, opening the subject of subaltern genocide for exploration by scholars of genocide, ethnic conflict, and human rights. Focusing on case studies of such genocide, the contributors explore its sociological, anthropological, psychological, symbolic, and normative dimensions.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Subaltern Genocide in Th eory and Practice
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1 SYMBOLISM AND SUBALTERNITYTh e 1680 Pueblo Revolt of New Mexico andthe 178082 Andean Great Rebellion
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2 ON THE GENOCIDAL ASPECT OFCERTAIN SUBALTERN UPRISINGS A Research Note
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3 ETHICAL CLEANSING? The Expulsion of Germans from Central and Eastern Europe
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4 OPPRESSION AND VENGEANCEIN THE CAMBODIAN GENOCIDE
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5 FROM JASENOVAC TO SREBRENICA Subaltern Genocide and the Serbs
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6 VISIONS OF THE OPPRESSOR INRWANDAS PREGENOCIDAL MEDIA
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7 GENOCIDE HUMILIATION AND INFERIORITY An Interdisciplinary Perspective
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8 EVOLUTION PRIMATES AND SUBALTERN GENOCIDE
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9 WHEN THE RABBITS GOT THE GUN Subaltern Genocide and the Genocidal Continuum
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
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About the author (2009)

Nicholas A. Robins is a lecturer in the Department of History at North Carolina State University. He is author of Native Insurgencies and the Genocidal Impulse in the Americas (IU Press, 2005); Genocide and Millennialism in Upper Peru; and The Culture of Conflict in Modern Cuba.

Adam Jones is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, BC. He is author or editor of a dozen books, including Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction.

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