Genocide: A Sociological Perspective

Overview

Since the Holocaust, genocide has become one of the defining concepts of the twentieth century. Despite the continued existence of genocide it has been subjected to relatively little historical and sociological analysis.

In this short book Helen Fein outlines the nature and history of genocide, summarizing the existing state and understanding of its definition, causation and prevention. Ranging across the breadth of interdisciplinary scholarship and throughout examples of ...

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Overview

Since the Holocaust, genocide has become one of the defining concepts of the twentieth century. Despite the continued existence of genocide it has been subjected to relatively little historical and sociological analysis.

In this short book Helen Fein outlines the nature and history of genocide, summarizing the existing state and understanding of its definition, causation and prevention. Ranging across the breadth of interdisciplinary scholarship and throughout examples of genocide from around the world, the book provides a critical review of and an advance on existing knowledge of genocide.

Genocide is adapted from a trend report in Current Sociology volume 38, which was awarded the first annu

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'One should thank SAGE for their decision to re-print this book (in an updated form which includes the discussion of works printed after the original publication of the survey in 1990) and so make it available to scores of scholars... a very special merit of Fein's treatment of the problem of genocide is that it is distinctly sociological... The book is an attempt to narrate and to understand genocide studies from their specialist cage, exposing the general-sociological import of the phenomenon and the knowledge which its study may supply... Her purpose [is] to render genocide ab object of concern and a 'home issue' for soicology, it is no wonder that delineating the phenomenon in such a way as to make that possible is a foremost imperative... One hopes that the survey will be widely read, and not just by 'experts' on genocide. Any sociologically informed reader will discover just how intimately the accumulated knowledge of genocide and the theoretical thinking has triggered, affects his or her own areas of social research - however distant it may seem in our world of institutionally compartmentalised knowledge' - Sociology

'The book is written with proper academic distance and objectivity. Helen Fein aims for, and succeeds in, dispassionate analysis of the phenomenon of geocide. Yet, paradoxically, the book is also filled with empathy and passion - as the author calls it 'a passion to understand'. It is a penetrating, intelligent and highly original contribution that should be read by all who seek to comprehend the sources of genocide' - Peter R Baehr, University of Utrecht, Chair of PIOOM Foundation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803988293
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/12/1998
  • Pages: 144

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Social recognition and criminalization of genocide 1
2 Defining genocide as a sociological concept 8
3 Explanations of genocide 32
4 Contextual and comparative studies I: ideological genocides 51
5 Contextual and comparative studies II: other genocides 79
6 Punishment and prevention: implications of social policy and research 92
Bibliography 104
Index 117
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