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Cultural Genocide

Law, Politics, and Global Manifestations, 1st Edition

Edited by Jeffrey S. Bachman


292 pages

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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

About the Editor

Jeffrey Bachman is Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights and Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights MA Program at the American University School of International Service. He is the author of The United States and Genocide: (Re)Defining the Relationship, published in 2018 by Routledge for its series Studies in Genocide and Crimes against Humanities. His research interests are primarily focused on the problematic intersections of politics and law. He is currently writing his second book, Genocide and the Politics of International Law.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes against Humanity

The Routledge Series in Genocide and Crimes against Humanity publishes cutting-edge research and reflections on these urgently contemporary topics. While focusing on political-historical approaches to genocide and other mass crimes, the series is open to diverse contributions from the social sciences, humanities, law, and beyond. Proposals for both sole-authored and edited volumes are welcome.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes