What is Genocide?
A New Social Theory
By (author) Martin Shaw
What is Genocide? by Martin Shaw
Book DescriptionIn this intellectually and politically potent new book, Martin Shaw proposes a way through the confusion surrounding the idea of genocide. He considers the origins and development of the concept and its relationships to other forms of political violence. Offering a radical critique of the existing literature on genocide, Shaw argues that what distinguishes genocide from more legitimate warfare is that the enemies targeted are groups and individuals of a civilian character. He vividly illustrates his argument from a wide range of historical episodes, and shows how the question 'What is genocide?' matters politically whenever populations are threatened by violence. This compelling book will undoubtedly open up vigorous debate, appealing to students and scholars across the social sciences and in law. Shaw's arguments will be of lasting importance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745631820
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This fully revised edition of Martin Shaw s classic, award-winning text proposes a way through the intellectual confusion surrounding genocide. In a thorough account of the idea s history, Shaw considers its origins and development and its relationships to concepts like ethnic cleansing and politicide.
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Author Biography - Martin Shaw
Martin Shaw, Professor of International Relations and Politics, University of Sussex
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