Genocide, Risk and Resilience An Interdisciplinary Approach

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  • Copyright: 2013-11-13
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This collection adopts an interdisciplinary approach in order to understand the various factors at work in genocidal processes and their aftermath. The strong emphasis on legal norms, legal concepts and legal measures in other studies fails to consider further significant issues in relation to genocide. This book aims to redress this balance exploring social dynamics and human behaviour as well as the interplay of various psychological, political, sociological, anthropological and historical factors at work in genocidal processes.

With contributions from top international scholars, this volume provides an integrated perspective on risk and resilience, acknowledging the importance of mitigating factors in understanding and preventing genocide. It explores a range of issues including the conceptual definition of genocide, the notion of intent, preventive measures, transitional justice, the importance of property, the role of memory, self or national interest and principles of social existence.

Genocide, Risk and Resilience aims to cross conceptual, disciplinary and temporal boundaries and in doing so, provides rich insights for scholars from across political science, history, law, philosophy, anthropology and theology.

Author Biography

Bert Ingelaere is a Researcher at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, Belgium. He has written numerous articles and reports on Rwanda and Burundi for publications such as African Affairs, International Journal of Transitional Justice and Critique of Anthropology.

Stephan Parmentier is Professor of Crime, Law and Human Rights at KU Leuven, Belgium. In July 2010 he was appointed Secretary-General of the International Society for Criminology and he also serves on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Centre of Criminology and the International Institute for Sociology of Law (Oñati). His research interests include political crimes, transitional justice and human rights and the administration of criminal justice.

Jacques Haers is Academic Director of the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp and Chair of Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium. His research interests are in contextual and liberation theologies, globalization and conflict transformation, eco-theology, philosophies and theologies of encounter and processes of relational constructionism and common discernment.

Barbara Segaert is Scientific Coordinator, University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp, Belgium, where she develops academic programmes on various topics of contemporary relevance to society.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Between Risk and Resilience: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Genocide
1. The Concept of Genocide: What Are We Preventing?; Martin Shaw
2. Coping Strategies and Genocide Prevention; René Lemarchand
3. Reconsidering Root Causes: A New Framework for the Structural Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities; Stephen McLoughlin and Deborah Mayersen
4. Communities that Taste for More: Religion's Best Way of Preventing Genocide; Jacques Haers SJ
5. An Ethics of Relationality: Destabilising the Exclusionary Frame of Us versus Them; Anya Topolski
6. Shared Burdens and Perpetrator-Victim Group Conciliation; Henry C. Theriault
7. Confronting the 'Crime of Crimes' Key Issues of Transitional Justice after Genocide; Stephan Parmentier
8. Genocide and the Problem of the State in Bosnia in the Twentieth Century; Cathie Carmichael
9. N'ajoutons pas la guerre à la guerre: French Responses to Genocide in Bosnia; Chris Jones
10. Finding Havens to Save Lives: A Biographical, Motivational and International Look at the Jewish Refugee Crisis of the 1930s; Dean J. Kotlowski
11. Genocide and Property: Root Cause or Concomitant Effect?; Ugur Ümit Üngör
12. The Meaning of Monetary Reparations after a Genocide: The German-Jewish Case in the Early 1950s; Joëlle Hecker
13. Mass Amnesia: The Role of Memory after Genocide - A Case Study of Contemporary Poland; Katarzyna Szurmiak
14. Hidden Death: Rwandan Post-genocide Gacaca Justice and Its Dangerous Blind Spots; Bert Ingelaere

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