Redefining Genocide: Settler Colonialism, Social Death and Ecocide (Paperback)Doctor Damien Short (author)
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Rather than focusing solely on a narrow conception of genocide as direct mass-killing, through close empirical analysis of a number of under-discussed case studies - including Palestine, Sri Lanka, Australia and Alberta, Canada - the book reveals the key role played by settler colonialism, capitalism, finite resources and the ecological crisis in driving genocidal social death on a global scale.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 138 mm
'Redefining Genocide ... will undoubtedly have a significant impact within the social sciences.'Capitalism Nature Socialism
'Redefining Genocide has implications for genocide studies in the widest sense, not only in the links it draws between genocide and ecocide, but also in the way it can help us rethink the relationship between genocide and the role of the state.'Journal of Holy Land and Palestinian Studies
'Makes fascinating, compelling, and theoretically coherent connections between colonialism, genocide, and ecological destruction. The field of genocide studies puts out a number of books each year, but this one truly counts as a required reading that unites a number of fields of study that have remained separate for too long...one of the most important works published in the field in recent years.'
Academic Council on the United Nations System
'In this important and timely book, the sociologist Damien Short highlights the destruction wrought by the interaction of genocide and ecocide. Well-chosen case studies about indigenous peoples' catastrophic experiences of land appropriation and resource exploitation by state-authorized corporations reveal that the perfectly legal economic processes of settler colonialism manifest a largely ignored banality of evil.'
Dirk Moses, author of Empire, Colony, Genocide
'Short poses a fundamental challenge to scholars and citizens alike. He forces us to rethink our entire understanding of the crime of genocide, and more particularly its relationship with the environmental harms which will dominate the century to come. This is interdisciplinary scholarship at its very best, I urge you to read it now.'
Tom Lawson, author of The Last Man: A British Genocide in Tasmania
'This is a very welcome and much needed book. In it, Short offers a timely and important challenge for us all to contend with the ongoing and intertwined threats of ecological and group destruction.'
Andrew Woolford, author of This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Redress in Canada and the United States
'Redefining Genocide is an incisive, bold, and illuminating exploration of the close links between genocide, colonialism, and ecocide. With flair and insight, it addresses the vulnerability of humanity in the perilous age of the Anthropocene.'
John Docker, author of The Origins of Violence: Religion, History and Genocide
'Short's discussion of genocide, ecocide and colonialist exploitation is delivered with clarity and intellectual insight. It is both an important reminder of some nearly forgotten histories of inhumanity and a warning about future dangers to the planet.'
Nigel South, University of Essex
'An important, path-breaking book. It expands genocide studies into disciplines and concerns that reach far beyond the academy. Policy-makers and activists, as well as scholars troubled by the genocidal potential and local impacts of global developments, must urgently engage with its arguments.'
Tony Barta, La Trobe University
'Genocide scholars have a habit of not getting the bigger picture, they concentrate on the politics, the law, or the human psychology but leaving out the crucial environmental underpinning. If you wreck an environment upon which communities depend, their destruction will inexorably follow. Damien Short is one of the few genocide scholars who does get it and this book is to be vastly welcomed for the belated paradigm shift it augurs.'
Mark Levene, author of The Crisis of Genocide
'Hugely original. Damien Short's well-informed analysis gives hope to those of us who believe that the critique of what is taken to be normal or inevitable is the first step towards promoting the respect for cultural pluralism, human dignity and respect for nature.'
Colin Samson, author of A World You Do Not Know: Settler Societies, Indigenous Peoples and the Attack on Cultural Pluralism
'Short's engaging text complicates the definition of genocide for scholars in law, history, politics, and sociology ...This book will undoubtedly stretch genocide scholars and spur debate.'
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