The Dark Side of Modernity: Toward an Anthropology of Genocide

Alexander Laban Hinton

in Annihilating Difference

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230286
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927575 | DOI:
The Dark Side of Modernity: Toward an Anthropology of Genocide

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This chapter discusses genocide and the role anthropologists play in advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples and focusing on political violence in complex state societies. It first defines the concept of genocide, and notes that while it has only been recently invented, the types of destructive behaviors that it references go far back in history. It identifies the factors that motivate genocidal violence and looks at anthropologists during the Holocaust. This chapter also discusses the local dimensions of genocide, the effects of genocide, and anthropology in the study of genocide. A detailed overview of the following chapters is included.

Keywords: genocide; anthropologists; indigenous peoples; political violence; state societies; destructive behaviors; genocidal violence; Holocaust; local dimensions; effects

Chapter.  18628 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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