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Unformatted text preview: December 6, 2007 Genocide Genocide- mass killings of a group defined by communal characteristics; target group is demonized, see as alien and threatening Types of Genocide: Politicide: mass killing of the political opposition to the regime or to elites Classicide: intended mass killing of an entire socio-economic group ethnicity, race, religion (genocide) UN Convention on Genocide Adopted in December 1948 and came into effect January 1951 Article Two defines genocide as any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group, as such: Killing members of the group Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group General duty also to “prevent and to punish” genocide Problems with the Definition Some argue it’s too narrow Some argue it’s too broad What does mass killing mean? What are the standards? What are the numbers? Does it have to be just one ethnic group? Can it be more than one ethnic group? Others argue it’s been entirely overused so that any mass killing is now being called “genocide” We have used the word so much that is has become a basic/boring word...
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- Fall '07
- Sociology, Ethnic group, murderous cleansing