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The Scourge of Genocide

Essays and Reflections, 1st Edition

By Adam Jones


440 pages | 62 B/W Illus.

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The Scourge of Genocide collects essays, reviews, and reportage on the subjects of genocide and crimes against humanity by Adam Jones, recently selected as one of "Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide." The volume includes a number of previously-unpublished essays, and explores a range of debates and approaches in comparative genocide studies, such as:

  • Genocide, pedagogy, and visual representation.
  • Gender and "gendercide."
  • The role of media and communications in genocide.
  • The historiography of genocide studies.
  • "Subaltern genocide," or genocides by the oppressed.
  • Strategies of genocide prevention and intervention.

Covering a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives, as well as case studies from the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Israel/Palestine, this book is essential reading for all scholars and students of genocide studies, political violence, and international relations.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. A Personal Journey Part I Theory 2. Genocide and Mass Killing 3. Comparative Genocide Studies: Trends and Tendencies 4. The Ethics of Genocide 5. Genocide and Structural Violence: Charting the Terrain 6. Genocide as Political Violence 7. Genocide, War Crimes, and the West: History and Complicity 8. ‘When the Rabbit’s Got the Gun’: Subaltern Genocide and the Genocide Continuum 9. Gender, Genocide, and Mass Violence 10. The Uses of Geracide 11. Parainstitutional Violence in Latin America 12. Communicating Genocide: Destructive and Constructive Uses of Communication in Modern Mass Killing 13. Studying Genocide, Preventing Genocide Part II Practice 14. Guatemala: The Human Rights Hoax 15. Kosovo: Orders of Magnitude 16. Afghanistan and Beyond 17. Policy and Atrocity: The US and Hussein’s Iraq, 1979-2003 18. The US and the Torture Regime 19. Media and Security in Post-Dayton Bosnia 20. Rwanda and the Politics of Genocide Denial 21. Denying Rwanda: A Response to Herman & Peterson 22. The Politics of Revolutionary Change: Zimbabwe in Comparative Perspective 23. Genocide in Gaza? Notes Toward an Answer 24. Anti-Natalism and Eliminationism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 25. Goldhagen’s Worse Than War 26. Genocide in Whispers 27. Genocide in India: Partition 1947-48 27. On the Genocidal Aspect of Certain Subaltern Uprisings: A Research Note.

About the Author

Adam Jones is Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, Canada. He is the author of the bestselling textbook, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introducton (second edition, Routledge, 2011), and author or editor of a dozen other books, mostly on genocide and crimes against humanity. They include Gender Inclusive: Essays on Violence, Men, and Feminist International Relations (2008), Gendercide and Genocide (2004), and Genocide, War Crimes and the West: History and Complicity (2004).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security