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Controversies in the Field of Genocide Studies

ISBN 9781412865166
Published June 6, 2017 by Routledge
284 Pages

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Book Description

At the heart of the field of Genocide Studies lies an active core of vigorous debate that has led to both heated disagreements and productive disputes. This new volume in the Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review series focuses on these, as well as other significant issues.

Chapters in this volume focus on a number of issues: Did Peru’s Aché suffer genocide? What was the role of media propaganda in the Rwandan Genocide, and what more, if anything, could have been done about it? Have Rwanda’s post-genocide gacaca courts successfully promoted reconciliation? How has denial affected governmental recognition around the world of the Armenian, Hellenic, and Assyrian genocides? Why have some left-wing “progressives” engaged in denial of the Rwandan Genocide? Has anti-genocide activism had a meaningful effect in prevention of or intervention against genocide?

In the pages of this book, readers can explore the various debates that have defined the study of genocide and that are redefining it today. This insightful and provocative volume will entice further discussion on the concept of genocide and will be a must-read for the field of genocide studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Henry Theriault and Elisa von Joeden-Forgey

Part 1. Cases

1 The Case of the Aché: The Genocide Debate Continues Unabated Robert K. Hitchcock, Charles Flowerday, and Wayne A. Babchuk

2 The Role of Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide: Hate Propaganda, Media Effects, and International Intervention Amanda Grzyb and Amy Freier

Part 2. Aftermaths

3 Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts: Instrument of Reconciliation? An Ongoing Controversy Cyanne E. Loyle

4 Controversies Around Governmental and Parliamentary Recognition of the Armenian, Hellenic, and Assyrian Genocides Panayiotis Diamadis

5 Manufacturing Controversy: Left-Wing Denial of the Rwandan Genocide Gerald Caplan  

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Samuel Totten, professor emeritus, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, continues to conduct field work in the Nuba Mountains, and is the editor of Transaction’s Genocide Studies series. His latest book is Genocide by Attrition: The Nuba Mountains of Sudan, Second Edition.

Henry Theriault is professor in and chair of the Philosophy Department of Worcester State University and is the co-founding-editor of Genocide Studies International.

Elisa von Joeden-Forgey is associate professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at Stockton University and first vice president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.