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Narratives of groups that kill other groups

Jacqueline Stevens

in Democracy in Crisis

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079238
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702123 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079238.003.0003
Narratives of groups that kill other groups

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This chapter examines the relation between otherness and violence by inquiring into the language used to incite and defend group combat and genocide. It argues that when groups hold out the promise of immortality tied to group membership, this enables a paradigm of sacrifice that accommodates mass, systemic violence directed against groups distinguished by hereditary or religious differences. This chapter also reviews the means by which nation and religion create the structures appealing to their members' desire for immortality and analyses how this desire for immortality manifests in discourses of sacrifice. It also looks at first-person narratives referenced by Adolf Hitler and former U.S. President George Bush.

Keywords: otherness; violence; group combat; genocide; immortality; group membership; religion; sacrifice; Adolf Hitler; George Bush

Chapter.  8095 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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