Genocide and Victimology
Genocide and Victimology examines genocide in its diverse features, from different yet connected perspectives, to offer an interdisciplinary, victimological imagination of genocide. It will include in its exploration critical and cultural victimologies and criminologies of genocide, accompanied by, and recognising, the rich scholarship on genocide in the fields of religion and history, theatre studies and photography, philosophy and existentialism, post-colonialism, and ethnography and biography.
Bringing together theory with empirical research and drawing on a range of case studies, such as the Treblinka extermination camp, the Bosnian and Rwandan genocides, the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, and genocidal violence in Syria and Iraq, this book engages the victimological imagination towards an interdisciplinary, cosmopolitan victimology of genocide. Bundled and intertwined, the wide yet integrated variety of perspectives on genocide gives readers a victimological kaleidoscope to discover, and for victimology hitherto, unexplored theory and methodology. This way, readers can develop their own more epistemologically, theoretically, and methodologically robust victimology of genocide—a victimology of genocide as envisioned by Nicole Rafter. The book hopes to canvas an understanding and a starting point for a diverse appreciation of genocide victimhood and survivorship from which the real post-genocidal harms and sites, post-traumatic stress disorder, courts and tribunals, and overall meaningful justice will benefit.
Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars in criminology, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, history, religious studies, English literature, and all those concerned with not repeating a history of genocide.
Introduction 1.An existentialist victimology of genocide? 2.Victimology and genocide: neglected stories? 3. International criminal justice and the religion of humanity 4.The Rohingya Crisis: Accountability for Decades of Persecution 5.LGBT+ Genocide: Understanding Hetero-Nationality and the Politics of Psychological Silence 6. Symbiotic Victimization and Destruction: Law and Human/Other-Than-Human Relationality in Genocide 7.On ‘visualising the truth of genocide’: reflections on whakapapa and finding southern epistemology, occasioned by a tattered album from the nomos of the Holocaust 8.‘Playing Srebrenica’ - Theatre plays in the Netherlands regarding Srebrenica 9.The Role of Past Victimization in Genocidal Mythologies: Bosnian and Rwandan Experiences 10.Genocide and Forced Migration: The Dual Victimisation of Refugees Escaping War and Genocide 11.Fortress Britain or Migratory Haven? Genocide survivors’ experiences of Migration to the UK Conclusion: A victimological imagination of genocide
This is an important and sometimes unsettling work. It is a hard truth that victimology has all but neglected the most atrocious of crimes, and has yet to scratch the surface of paths to and limits of understanding genocide victimization. This book is therefore already valuable in highlighting this gap. But Yarin Eski and his contributors go well beyond mere gap-spotting. He has succeeded in bringing together an array of leading scholars, each bringing their A-game to the volume, asking many difficult questions, offering an initial glimpse of what the answers to them might be and much in the way of inspiration for further investigation.
Antony Pemberton, Leuven Institute of Criminology, KU Leuven; NSCR, Amsterdam.