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Confronting Genocide and Ethnocide of Indigenous Peoples: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Definition, Intervention, Prevention, and Advocacy

Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons and Robert K. Hitchcock

in Annihilating Difference

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230286
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230286.003.0003
Confronting Genocide and Ethnocide of Indigenous Peoples: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Definition, Intervention, Prevention, and Advocacy

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This chapter clarifies some key issues on the prevention of genocidal atrocities. It states that the definition of the term indigenous peoples is problematic, since in many places groups may migrate and identify themselves in different ways. It identifies the four key characteristics of indigenous peoples (as stated by the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues), and distinguishes physical genocide, cultural genocide, “ecocide,” and other typologies of genocide. This chapter also tries to show how such devastation is often implicitly or explicitly legitimated by metanarratives of modernity.

Keywords: genocidal atrocities; prevention; indigenous peoples; key characteristics; physical genocide; cultural genocide; ecocide; metanarratives of modernity

Chapter.  17835 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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