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What is genocide?

Author: Martin Shaw
Publisher: Cambridge ; Malden, Mass. : Polity, 2007.
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"In this intellectually and politically potent new book. Martin Shaw proposes a way through the confusion surrounding the idea of genocide. He considers the origins and development of the concept and its relationships to other forms of political violence. Offering a radical critique of the existing literature on genocide. Shaw argues that what distinguishes genocide from more legitimate warfare is that the 'enemies'  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Shaw
ISBN: 9780745631820 0745631827 0745631835 9780745631837
OCLC Number: 77258254
Description: ix, 222 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface and acknowledgements --
Introduction --
1. The sociological crime --
Social classification and genocide --
Studying genocide? --
Disciplining the study of genocide --
Sociology and the sociological crime --
Revisiting concepts and classification --
pt. I. Contradictions of genocide theory --
2. Neglected foundations --
Genocide as social destruction and its connections with war --
Lemkin's sociological framework --
Genocide and the laws of war --
Separation of genocide from war --
Narrowing genocide to physical destruction --
Conclusion --
3. The maximal standard --
The significance of the Holocaust --
Holocaust 'uniqueness' --
The Holocaust standard in comparative study --
Holocausts and genocides --
4. The minimal euphemism --
The substitution of 'ethnic cleansing' for genocide --
Origins of 'cleansing' terminology --
'Cleansing' and genocide --
'Non-genocidal' expulsions? --
Peaceful, legal 'transfers' and 'exchanges'? --
The territorial dimension --
5. Conceptual proliferation --
The many '-cides' of genocide --
New frameworks : murderous cleansing and democide --
Ethnocide and cultural genocide --
Gendercide --
Politicide --
Classicide --
Urbicide --
Auto-genocide --
Genocide as a framework --
pt. II. Sociology of genocide --
6. From intentionality to a structural concept --
Social action, social relations and conflict --
Intention in the light of a sociology of action --
Limits of intentionality --
Social relations and a structure of conflict --
7. Elements of genocidal conflict --
Social groups, social destruction and war --
Social groups in genocide --
The destruction of groups --
Genocide as war --
8. The missing concept --
The civilian category and its social meaning --
The civilian enemy --
Civilians in international law --
Social production of civilians --
Civilians, combatants and social stratification --
Civilian resistance and genocidal war --
9. Explanations --
From modernity to warfare --
Types of genocide --
Modernity --
Culture and psychology --
Economy --
Politics --
Warfare --
Domestic and international --
Conclusion --
10. The relevance of conceptual analysis --
Genocide in twenty-first century politics --
A new definition --
New historic conditions for genocide? --
Contemporary challenge : the case of Darfur --
Notes --
References and bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Martin Shaw.
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In this intellectually and politically potent new book, Martin Shaw proposes a way through the confusion surrounding the idea of genocide. He considers the origins and development of the concept and  Read more...

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