Why did they kill? : Cambodia in the shadow of genocide (Book, 2005) [WorldCat.org]
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Why did they kill? : Cambodia in the shadow of genocide

Author: Alexander Laban Hinton
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005.
Series: California series in public anthropology, 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
Publication:ACLS Humanities E-Book.
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Of all the horrors human beings perpetrate, genocide stands near the top of the list. Its toll is staggering: well over 100 million dead worldwide. Why Did They Kill? is one of the first anthropological attempts to analyze the origins of genocide. In it, Alexander Hinton focuses on the devastation that took place in Cambodia from April 1975 to January 1979 under the Khmer Rouge in order to explore why mass murder  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2004009189
Named Person: Pol Pot.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Laban Hinton
ISBN: 0520241789 9780520241787 0520241797 9780520241794
OCLC Number: 55016144
Description: xxii, 360 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : in the shadow of genocide --
The prison without walls --
A head for an eye : Disproportionate Revenge --
Power, patronage, and suspicion --
In the shade of Pol Pot's umbrella --
The fire without smoke --
The DK social order --
Manufacturing difference --
The dark side of face and honor --
Conclusion : why people kill.
Series Title: California series in public anthropology, 11.
Responsibility: Alexander Laban Hinton.
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Abstract:

Of all the horrors human beings perpetrate, genocide stands near the top of the list. Its toll is staggering: well over 100 million dead worldwide. Why Did They Kill? is one of the first anthropological attempts to analyze the origins of genocide. In it, Alexander Hinton focuses on the devastation that took place in Cambodia from April 1975 to January 1979 under the Khmer Rouge in order to explore why mass murder happens and what motivates perpetrators to kill. Basing his analysis on years of investigative work in Cambodia, Hinton finds parallels between the Khmer Rouge and the Nazi regimes. Policies in Cambodia resulted in the deaths of over 1.7 million of that country's 8 million inhabitants--almost a quarter of the population--who perished from starvation, overwork, illness, malnutrition, and execution. Hinton considers this violence in light of a number of dynamics, including the ways in which difference is manufactured, how identity and meaning are constructed, and how emotionally resonant forms of cultural knowledge are incorporated into genocidal ideologies.

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