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Why Did They Kill?

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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 millio... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

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.

Autorentext

Alexander Laban Hinton is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, Newark. He is the editor of Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide (California, 2002), Genocide: An Anthropological Reader (2002), and Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions (1999).



Inhalt

Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Timeline
List of Personages
Foreword by Robert Jay Lifton
Introduction: In the Shadow of Genocide

Part One • The Prison without Walls
Preamble
1. A Head for an Eye: Disproportionate Revenge
2. Power, Patronage, and Suspicion
3. In the Shade of Pol Pot's Umbrella

Part Two • The Fire without Smoke
Preamble
4. The DK Social Order
5. Manufacturing Difference
6. The Dark Side of Face and Honor
Conclusion: Why People Kill

Note on Transliteration
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Why Did They Kill?
Untertitel: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide
Autor:
EAN: 9780520937949
ISBN: 978-0-520-93794-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: University of California Press
Genre: Ethnologie
Anzahl Seiten: 382
Veröffentlichung: 06.12.2004
Jahr: 2004
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.5 MB