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By Alexander Laban Hinton, Kenneth Roth

ISBN-10: 0520230299

ISBN-13: 9780520230293

Genocide is among the so much urgent matters that confronts us at the present time. Its loss of life toll is surprising: over 100 million useless. as a result of their intimate event within the groups the place genocide occurs, anthropologists are uniquely located to provide an explanation for how and why this mass annihilation happens and the kinds of devastation genocide reasons. This floor breaking publication, the 1st number of unique essays on genocide to be released in anthropology, explores quite a lot of instances, together with Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Bosnia.

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Ultimately, Nagengast maintains, these forms of symbolic and physical violence are analogous to those that take place in genocide: a despised group is demonized in dehumanizing discourses and, already in a weakened social position, is increasingly victimized by discriminatory state policy. Nevertheless, the plight of Latinos in the United States, while an issue of great concern, has not escalated into genocide. By examining the reasons why genocide does not occur in such situations, scholars may better understand the processes that lead to mass violence and the ways in which genocidal violence might be predicted or prevented.

Like the family and the household, Buddhism has re-emerged as a dominant focus of Cambodian life. Throughout Cambodia, communities have reconstructed temples and re-established the monastic order. Thus, by , the Svay villagers had largely rebuilt the devastated temple compound and supported monks who, as before DK, again play a crucial role in Cambodian life ceremonies. Buddhist beliefs, communal functions, healing rituals, and ceremonies for the dead have also provided Cambodians with an important means of coping with their enormous suffering and loss.

Verschuer, who replaced the retiring Eugon Fischer as head of the KWI’s Anthropology Institute in , acted as a mentor to Josef Mengele, who himself had degrees in anthropology and medicine. Their collaboration continued while Mengele performed his notorious experiments at Auschwitz; in fact, Mengele sent blood samples and body parts to the Anthropology Institute for further analysis. After Germany invaded Poland, a number of anthropologists began working at the Institute für Deutsche Ostarbeit (Institute for Work in the East, or IDO) in the Race and Ethnic Research section.

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