Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Rutgers University Press
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1 Theoretical Foundations
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What are the circumstances by which large proportions of a community, be it a neighborhood or a nation, come to see others as so dangerous that they will attack them with genocidal intent? How is it that people who have never met or even seen anyone of a specified different group can be brought to hate those individuals? Why is it that we can be brought to see other people’s values as not...
2 Cultural Genocide and the American Indians
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The theoretical background for our approach to cultural genocide is the universal phenomenon of natural localness. It is within this default position that most of us live our daily lives and come to know and understand our environment. In the case we are about to consider, the cultural genocide committed against the American...
3 Russia and the Jews in the Nineteenth Century
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The theoretical considerations put forth in chapter 1 are universal in applicability and should be borne in mind in our consideration of particular episodes involving cultural genocide. The interplay of natural localness (which inherently limits our ability to bring accurate contextual knowledge to the understanding of nonlocal events)...
4 Israel and Palestinian Cultural Genocide
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Once more the theoretical considerations we have been working with will come into play in our consideration of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. For, as surely as the Russian czars sought to contain and ultimately destroy Jewish culture within their territories, the same aim is held by the Israeli government (past and present...
5 The Chinese Assimilation of Tibet
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As was the case in the previous examinations, we are here dealing with two centers of localness: the ancient and very traditional local reality of Tibet, the core of which is Tibetan Buddhism, and the evolving and dynamic culture of the People’s Republic of China, the core of which is the customized ideology of Chinese communism...
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The theoretical framework that has been proposed to help us understand the phenomenon of cultural genocide consists of the following major concepts: natural localism (here considered at the group level), closed information environments, and thought collectives. Let us review how each of these concepts played into the examples...
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About the Author
Page Count: 162
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Genocide, Political Violence, Human Righ
Series Editor Byline: Alexander Laban Hinton, Stephen Eric Bronner, Aldo Civico, and Nela Navarro