1st Edition

The Marginalised in Genocide Narratives





ISBN 9781138839908
Published June 3, 2019 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. This volume, the product of over 20years of engagement with Rwanda and its diaspora, offers a timely reminder of the necessity of rethinking the genocide’s social history.



Examining a range of marginal stories and using Rwanda as a case study, The Marginalised in Genocide Narratives’ analysis of the transformation of genocide into a powerful narrative of a nation establishes an innovative means of understanding the lived spaces of violence and its enduring legacy. In a distinctive approach to the social history of genocide, this book engages with the marginalised; foregrounds genocide’s untold stories; and uses the conceptual framework of the constellation of genocide narratives to create connections among multiple social actors and identify narrative themes that address the unequal power and interdependence of narratives.



Adopting a multi-level narrative methodology that addresses the value of multiple narrative framings for understanding genocides, The Marginalised in Genocide Narratives will appeal to students and researchers interested in sociology, conflict and peace studies, history, African studies and narrative research. It may also appeal to policy-makers interested in genocide studies and contemporary social history.

Table of Contents

LIST OF FIGURES



ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS



LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS





Chapter 1 Introduction: narrating genocide and the genocide narrative

Introduction



Narrating genocides: victims, perpetrators and the marginalised others



The formation of the genocide master–narrative



The constellation of genocide narratives



The Rwandan genocide and Rwanda Studies



Situating narratives methodologically



Conclusion



Chapter 2 The formation of the foundational genocide master-narrative



Introduction



The formation of the master-narrative of the Genocide against the Tutsi



The genocide as the foundational master-narrative



The counter master-narrative of war



The marginalised voices



Conclusion



Chapter 3 Reframing culpability, shame and guilt: non-perpetrator members of the perpetrator group



Introduction



Naming culpability, shame and guilt: non-perpetrator members of the perpetrator group



Revisiting moral culpability through ordinary morality



The narrative of national unity and reconciliation: everyday relations and values



Conclusion



Chapter 4 Revisiting the figure of the heroic rescuer: communal rescue, care and resistance



Introduction



Naming the public figure of the rescuer: individual, exceptional, heroic



From exceptional heroes to communities of care



The communal rescue narrative: care and resistance



The ambivalent legacy of rescuing



Revisiting the figure of the heroic saviour



Conclusion



Chapter 5 Families of mixed ethnic backgrounds: the intimate burden of those caught in-between the politics of ethnic identity



Introduction



The erasure of the 'mixed' constituent in public narratives



Rethinking the proxy categories of rescapé, génocidaire and orphelin du génocide



Caught in-between: narrating the intimate burden of 'mixed' belonging



The narrative legacy of the genocide



Articulating and reclaiming the 'mixed'



Conclusion



Chapter 6 Marginalisation and survival of the other minority group



Introduction



Naming the outside onlooker: the Twa



Questioning the onlooker narrative: the insider and the struggle for survival



Post-genocide narratives: from autochthones to historically marginalised



Decentering the genocide narrative: national progress, vulnerability and material survival



Conclusion



Chapter 7 Civilian returnees: intra-ethnic differences and continuities with the past and exile



Introduction



The Hamitic narrative: histories of mobility and belonging



The hegemony of the RPF-led national narrative and the diverse stories of the civilian returnees



Revisiting the narrative of the 'new' Rwanda: continuities with the past and exile



Conclusion



Chapter 8 The revised constellation of genocide narratives and the untold social history of genocides



Introduction



The marginalised voices in the revised constellation of genocide narratives



Narrative engagement: agency and dialogical strategies



Rewriting the social history of the genocide that took place in Rwanda



Expanding and applying the constellation of genocide narratives


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Author(s)

Biography

Giorgia Donà is Co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London, UK.