Purify and Destroy (BOK)

Jacques Semelin

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How can we comprehend the socio-political processes that give rise to extreme violence, ethnic cleansing or genocide? A major breakthrough in comparative analysis, Purify and Destroy demonstrates that it is indeed possible to compare the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Hercegovina while respecting the specificities of each. Based on the essential distinction between massacre and genocide, Purify and Destroy identifies the main steps of a general process of destruction, rational and irrational, born of what Semelin terms 'delusional rationality', responding to fears, resentments and utopias, and re-modelling the social body by eliminating 'the enemy'. The main stages that can lead to a genocidal process, with ordinary people becoming perpetrators, are also identified.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Jacques Semelin
ISBN 9781849043939
Antall sider 400 Dimensjoner 13,9cm x 21,9cm x 2,9cm
Vekt 576 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd