Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide / Edition 1 by Alexander Laban Hinton, Robert Jay Lifton | | 9780520241794 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide / Edition 1

Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide / Edition 1

by Alexander Laban Hinton, Robert Jay Lifton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520241797

ISBN-13: 9780520241794

Pub. Date: 12/06/2004

Publisher: University of California Press


Of all the horrors human beings perpetrate, genocide stands near the top of the list. Its toll is staggering: well over 100 million dead worldwide. Why Did They Kill? is one of the first anthropological attempts to analyze the origins of genocide. In it, Alexander Hinton focuses on the devastation that took place in Cambodia from April 1975 to January

Overview


Of all the horrors human beings perpetrate, genocide stands near the top of the list. Its toll is staggering: well over 100 million dead worldwide. Why Did They Kill? is one of the first anthropological attempts to analyze the origins of genocide. In it, Alexander Hinton focuses on the devastation that took place in Cambodia from April 1975 to January 1979 under the Khmer Rouge in order to explore why mass murder happens and what motivates perpetrators to kill. Basing his analysis on years of investigative work in Cambodia, Hinton finds parallels between the Khmer Rouge and the Nazi regimes. Policies in Cambodia resulted in the deaths of over 1.7 million of that country's 8 million inhabitants—almost a quarter of the population--who perished from starvation, overwork, illness, malnutrition, and execution. Hinton considers this violence in light of a number of dynamics, including the ways in which difference is manufactured, how identity and meaning are constructed, and how emotionally resonant forms of cultural knowledge are incorporated into genocidal ideologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520241794
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/06/2004
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
382
Sales rank:
887,330
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Timelinexvii
List of Personagesxix
Forewordxxi
Introduction: In the Shadow of Genocide1
Part 1The Prison Without Walls
Preamble39
1A Head for an Eye: Disproportionate Revenge45
2Power, Patronage, and Suspicion96
3In the Shade of Pol Pot's Umbrella126
Part 2The Fire Without Smoke
Preamble173
4The DK Social Order182
5Manufacturing Difference211
6The Dark Side of Face and Honor252
Conclusion: Why People Kill276
Note on Transliteration299
Notes301
Bibliography327
Index351

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