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Cultural Genocide
Law, Politics, and Global Manifestations

Edited By

Jeffrey Bachman

ISBN 9781032092300
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
302 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores concepts of Cultural genocide, its definitions, place in international law, the systems and methods that contribute to its manifestations, and its occurrences.

Through a systematic approach and comprehensive analysis, international and interdisciplinary contributors from the fields of genocide studies, legal studies, criminology, sociology, archaeology, human rights, colonial studies, and anthropology examine the legal, structural, and political issues associated with cultural genocide. This includes a series of geographically representative case studies from the USA, Brazil, Australia, West Papua, Iraq, Palestine, Iran, and Canada.

This volume is unique in its interdisciplinarity, regional coverage, and the various methods of cultural genocide represented, and will be of interest to scholars of genocide studies, cultural studies and human rights, international law, international relations, indigenous studies, anthropology, and history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bringing Cultural Genocide into the Mainstream

Jeffrey Bachman

Part I: Cultural Genocide in International Law

1. Raphaël Lemkin: Culture and Cultural Genocide

Douglas Irvin-Erickson

2. An Historical Perspective: The Exclusion of Cultural Genocide from the Genocide Convention

Jeffrey Bachman

3. A Modern Perspective: The Current Status of Cultural Genocide Under International Law

David Nersessian

Part II: Global Manifestations of Cultural Genocide

Section One: Settler Colonialism, Forced Assimilation, and Indigenous Genocide

4. Destroying Indigenous Cultures in the United States

Lauren Carasik and Jeffrey Bachman

5. Genocide and Settler Colonialism: How a Lemkinian Concept of Genocide Informs Our Understanding of the Ongoing Situation of the Guar ani Kaiowá in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

Genna Naccache

6. A Political Economy of Genocide in Australia: The Architecture of Dispossession Then and Now

Martin Crook and Damien Short

7. Colonialism and Cold Genocide: The Case of West Papua

Kjell Anderson

Section Two: Cultural Destruction

8. Heritage Wars: A Cultural Genocide in Iraq

Helen Malko

9. A Century of Cultural Genocide in Palestine

Daud Abdullah

10. The Baha’i Community of Iran: Cultural Genocide and Resilience

Moojan Momen

Section Three: Justice and Restitution

11. Ontological Redress: The Natural and the Material in Transformative Justice for ‘Cultural’ Genocide

Andrew Woolford

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Jeffrey Bachman is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. He is the author of The United States and Genocide: (Re)Defining the Relationship. He is currently working on a new book, The Politics of Genocide: From the Genocide Convention to the Responsibility to Protect, contracted by Rutgers University Press for its Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights series.


"Jeffrey Bachman and his colleagues are to be commended for this important and significant addition to our growing realization of the importance of cultural genocide in keeping with Raphael Lemkin’s own understanding that it cannot be divorced from physical annihilation or extermination. These essays encompass such diverse geographies as the United States, Brazil. Australia, West Papua, Iraq, Palestine, Canada, but further broaden our framework to include law, both nation-state and international, thus providing readers with a resource from which to carry the larger question of "what constitutes genocide" forward in this 21st century. The time has now come to revisit the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and secure an amendment to now include cultural genocide as well. This text will go a long way towards making that happen." - Steven Leonard Jacobs Professor of Religious Studies and Emeritus Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies, The University of Alabama, USA.