Warning Signs of Genocide: An Anthropological Perspective

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Lexington Books, Oct 26, 2012 - Social Science - 230 pages
Genocide occurs when a government attempts to exterminate systematically a large percentage of its own citizens or subjects, simply because they fall into a particular group defined by religion, ethnicity, political affiliation, or (rarely) other group identification ranging from occupation to gender status. Genocide has been a major cause of death worldwide over the last 100 years or more, and is far from being eliminated. Through examining available cases, Warning Signs of Genocide: An Anthropological Perspective shows that genocide becomes a live danger when group hatreds—especially religious, ethnic, and political—are exploited by political regimes as major ways of seizing and maintaining power. Genocide is actually invoked, however, only when such regimes feel they are threatened, usually either because they are new and not consolidated in power or because they are challenged by local rebellions, civil war, or (less often) international war or major economic decline. Knowing these warning signs should make the international community take note that genocide is virtually certain to occur, and take action to stop it. This book joins others in noting that the international community has rarely intervened in time, and in the hope that these findings will encourage more prompt action.

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Paper Tigers
From Fear to Hatred
Animating Tigers
The Tiger Stalks
Excursions into History
Causes and Some Predictions
Sowing Good Seeds
Appendix I
Appendix II
About the Authors

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Barbara A. Anderson, DrPH, is Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Frontier Nursing University. Her doctoral and post-doctoral work was at Loma Linda University and Stony Brook University. She is a public health specialist and nurse-midwife with extensive teaching, service and consultation experience in Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. She conducted doctoral work and has been a consultant with refugee health in the refugee camps along the Cambodian border, in Cambodia and for resettled refugees in the United States. She has numerous publications focusing on health issues among vulnerable populations. She co-authored both the second and third edition of Caring for the Vulnerable, Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice and Research, with Dr. Mary de Chesnay. The 3rd edition won an American Journal of Nursing award as best nursing book of the year in 2012.

E. N. Anderson is Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at the University of California, Riverside. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967. He has done research on ethnobiology, cultural ecology, political ecology, and medical anthropology, in several areas, especially Hong Kong, British Columbia, California, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. His books include The Food of China (Yale University Press. 1988), Ecologies of the Heart (Oxford University Press, 1996), Political Ecology of a Yucatec Maya Community (University Press of Arizona Press, 2005) and The Pursuit of Ecotopia (Praeger, 2010).

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