Abstract

Social death, central to the evil of genocide (whether the genocide is homicidal or primarily cultural), distinguishes genocide from other mass murders. Loss of social vitality is loss of identity and thereby of meaning for one's existence. Seeing social death at the center of genocide takes our focus off body counts and loss of individual talents, directing us instead to mourn losses of relationships that create community and give meaning to the development of talents.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 63-79
Launched on MUSE
2003-04-01
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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