Cultural Genocide

Genocide and Cultural Genocide

The study of genocide has become a regular feature of higher education in many parts of the world. Moreover, the discourse on genocide has permeated policy dialogues in various fora of the United Nations and other international governmental and non-governmental organizations, human rights networks, and civil society platforms. The wide cascading of genocide discourse, however, …

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Cultural Genocide of the Baha’i Community of Iran

Imagine, if you will, being a minority in a country that is being subjected to relentless brutalization by a tyrannical, totalitarian government. In this country, the media is controlled by the government and produces a never-ending stream of articles, newspaper reports, and programmes that call you traitors to your country and accuse you of conspiring …

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The attempted destruction of a collective identity: The case of Irish Travellers

Introduction Cultural genocide is a contemporary as much as a historical occurrence (Kingston, 2015) enacted through “a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups” (Lemkin, 1943 as cited in Powell, 2007, p. 534). This article examines the case of Irish Travellers, a nomadic ethnic …

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Challenging hierarchies of harm in mass atrocities: cultural destruction as genocide

Introduction The world we live in today is one of increasingly visible social, political, and economic fracturing. From this uncertainty, we see a return to the politics of fear, manifesting in the rise of nationalism and authoritarianism across every region. Narratives of cultural war and dehumanization are permeating daily conversations in ways that drive increased …

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Cultural Genocide and the Global Language Crisis

“Be outraged at language oppression and its effects and speak out.” Alice Taff, Melvatha Chee, Jaeci Hall, Millie Yéi Dulitseen Hall, Kawenniyóhstha Nicole Martin, and Annie Johnston (2018) We live in a moment of crisis for the world’s languages. In almost every country on earth, people who sign and speak Indigenous and minoritized languages are …

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Remaining Indian: Ethnocide, Cultural Resistance, and Hope in Indigenous Mexico Today

The harm that has been wreaked upon countless millions of people around the world by “modernization” and “development” has yet to be fully documented and digested.  From desertification and deforestation, through pollution and intoxication, to pauperization, marginalization, social polarization and dependency, the effects of so-called maldevelopment or perverse development probably add up to one of …

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The Subtle Death Not So Civil: A Brief Ethnological Address to Cultural Genocide in the U.S.

Achille Mbembe (2003) affords us the beautiful construction of necropolitics, a term meant to describe the power to decide who lives and dies. I offer an expansion of the term to suggest that the term also represents the power to decide how death comes and to what degrees or in what ways it shifts, reflects, …

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Cultural Genocide and its Limits: An Armenian Illustration

We attribute distinct moral and legal judgments when individuals die due to homicide rather than from “natural causes,” and when genocide rather than natural catastrophes extinguishes a people. The same applies when cultures die, material culture such as buildings or works of art, or immaterial culture, such as languages or other symbol systems that provide …

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