Raphael Lemkin, Culture, and the Concept of Genocide

TitleRaphael Lemkin, Culture, and the Concept of Genocide
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMoses, A. Dirk
EditorBloxham, Donald, and A. Dirk Moses
Book TitleThe Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies
Pagination19–41
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
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This chapter describes the concept of genocide devised by Raphael Lemkin. Genocide is a curious anomaly in the post-war regime of international humanitarian law, which is dominated by the discourse of human rights with its emphasis on individuals. It embodies the social ontology of ‘groupism’, because genocide is about the destruction of groups per se, not individuals per se. Lemkin thought that the Nazi policies were radically new, but only in the context of modern civilization. Wars of extermination have marked human society from antiquity until the religious conflagrations of early modern Europe, after which the doctrine that dominated was that war should be conducted against states rather than populations.

URLhttps://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199232116.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199232116-e-2
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