Culture, Genocide, and a Public Anthropology

John R. Bowen

in Annihilating Difference

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230286
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927575 | DOI:
Culture, Genocide, and a Public Anthropology

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This chapter studies the connection between genocide and modernity. It stresses that the anthropologists who explain human variation must be careful about the way they characterize difference, since the resulting categories have been included into public projects of hate, such as the Nazi notions of racial hierarchy. It shows that the anthropological expertise in unpacking local categories might also help in better understanding mass violence. This chapter present the results of an ethnographic study conducted in Indonesia on how the media commonly portrays violence.

Keywords: genocide; modernity; human variation; public projects of hate; Nazi; racial hierarchy; anthropological expertise; local categories; mass violence; media portrayal of violence

Chapter.  7130 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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