Why Did They Kill?
Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide
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Why Did They Kill? by Alexander Laban Hinton
Book DescriptionOf 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520241794
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 5-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alexander Laban Hinton
Man or Monster?, Paperback (November 2016)
Alexander Laban Hinton offers a detailed analysis of a former Khmer Rouge security center commandant who was convicted for overseeing the interrogation, torture, and execution of nearly 20,000 Cambodians. Interested in how someone becomes an executioner, Hinton provides numerous ways to consider justice, genocide, memory, truth, and humanity.
Genocide and Mass Violence, Hardback (November 2014)
Genocide and Mass Violence brings together a unique mix of anthropologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and historians to examine the effects of mass trauma.
Annihilating Difference, Paperback (July 2002)
Genocide is one of the most pressing issues that confronts us today. Its death toll is staggering: over one hundred million dead. This book collects together original essays on genocide, exploring a wide range of cases, including Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda and Bosnia.
Genocide, Hardback (December 2001)» View all books by Alexander Laban Hinton
During the 20th century tens of millions of people were annihilated by genocidal regimes. This title lays the foundation for an 'anthropology of genocide' by gathering together the seminal texts for learning about and understanding this phenomenon.
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Author Biography - Alexander Laban Hinton
Alexander Laban Hinton is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, Newark. He is the editor of Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide (California, 2002), Genocide: An Anthropological Reader (2002), and Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions (1999).
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