Killing Neighbors by Lee Ann Fujii
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Killing Neighbors
By Lee Ann Fujii

Killing Neighbors

Webs of Violence in Rwanda

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Killing Neighbors by Lee Ann Fujii

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In the horrific events of the mid-1990s in Rwanda, tens of thousands of Hutu killed their Tutsi friends, neighbors, even family members. That ghastly violence has overshadowed a fact almost as noteworthy: that hundreds of thousands of Hutu killed no one. In a transformative revisiting of the motives behind and specific contexts surrounding the Rwandan genocide, Lee Ann Fujii focuses on individual actions rather than sweeping categories.Fujii argues that ethnic hatred and fear do not satisfactorily explain the mobilization of Rwandans one against another. Fujii's extensive interviews in Rwandan prisons and two rural communities form the basis for her claim that mass participation in the genocide was not the result of ethnic antagonisms. Rather, the social context of action was critical. Strong group dynamics and established local ties shaped patterns of recruitment for and participation in the genocide.This web of social interactions bound people to power holders and killing groups. People joined and continued to participate in the genocide over time, Fujii shows, because killing in large groups conferred identity on those who acted destructively. The perpetrators of the genocide produced new groups centered on destroying prior bonds by killing kith and kin.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801447051
ISBN-10: 0801447054
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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"Fujii makes a much-needed contribution both to the field of Rwandan studies and of genocide studies, substituting data for ideology and local voices for political tracts."-David Newbury, Smith College

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