Taking Lives (Fifth Edition): Genocide and State Power / Edition 5

Taking Lives (Fifth Edition): Genocide and State Power / Edition 5

by Irving Louis Horowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765800942

ISBN-13: 9780765800947

Pub. Date: 09/01/2001

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Taking Lives is a pivotal effort to reconstruct the social and political contexts of twentieth century, state-inspired mass murder. Irving Louis Horowitz re-examines genocide from a new perspective-viewing this issue as the defining element in the political sociology of our time. The fifth edition includes approximately 30 percent new materials with five new

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Taking Lives is a pivotal effort to reconstruct the social and political contexts of twentieth century, state-inspired mass murder. Irving Louis Horowitz re-examines genocide from a new perspective-viewing this issue as the defining element in the political sociology of our time. The fifth edition includes approximately 30 percent new materials with five new chapters. The work is divided into five parts: "Present as History Past as Prologue," "Future as Memory," "Toward A General Theory of State-Sponsored Crime," "Studying Genocide." The new edition concludes with chapters reviewing the natural history of genocide studies from 1945 to the present, along with a candid self-appraisal of the author's work in this field over four decades.

Taking Lives asserts that genocide is not a sporadic or random event, nor is it necessarily linked to economic development or social progress. Genocide is a special sort of mass destruction conducted with the approval of the state apparatus. Life and death issues are uniquely fundamental, since they alone serve as a precondition for the examination of all other issues. Such concerns move us beyond abstract, formalist frameworks into new ways of viewing the social study of the human condition. Nearly all reviewers of earlier editions have recognized this. Taking Lives is a fundamental work for political scientists, sociologists, and all those concerned with the state's propensity toward evil.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765800947
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Edition description:
5TH, REVISED
Pages:
477
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Pt. IPresent as History
1New Beginnings3
2Defining Genocide13
3Counting Bodies29
4Collectivizing Death49
5Individualizing Life67
Pt. IIPast as Prologue
6Democracy, Autocracy, and Terrorism89
7Human Rights and Personal Responsibilities111
8Bureaucracy and State Power129
9Nationalism and Genocidal Systems153
10Totalitarianism as a Penal Colony181
Pt. IIIFuture as Memory
11Memory as History211
12Banality of State Power229
13A Natural History of the Holocaust255
14Jewish Survival in a Post-Holocaust World273
Pt. IVToward a General Theory of State-Sponsored Crime
15Functional and Existential Visions of Genocide297
16Exclusivity and Inclusivity of Collective Death319
17Surviving the Genocidal State341
Pt. VStudying Genocide
18Life, Death, and Sociology359
19Researching Genocide367
20Gauging Genocide389
Notes407
Index441

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