1st Edition

The Scourge of Genocide Essays and Reflections

By Adam Jones Copyright 2013
    460 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    440 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 The volume includes a number of previously-unpublished essays, and explores a range of debates and approaches in comparative genocide studies, such as: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.

    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.


     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).

    "Despite the weight of the subject, The Scourge of Genocide proves perfectly engaging, occasionally even peppered with a bit of humour, evident especially in the chapter ‘Encompassing Genocide’, wherein Jones details his efforts to put together his comprehensive introduction of the subject (and how he debated with his publisher the use of typical skull pictures for a cover). Moreover, the book is richly illustrated with photographs, and Jones cites not just scholarly texts and official reports but also rap lyrics and novels in making his points. The result is a book accessible to scholars and students alike, a rare page-turner that informs and enlightens, but never overwhelms." Guy Lancaster, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture