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The geometry of genocide : a study in pure sociology / Bradley Campbell.

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    This dissertation offers a general theory of genocide. Genocide is defined here as organized and unilateral mass killing on the basis of ethnicity . While many have focused on genocide as a type of deviance, most genocide is also social control—a response to behavior itself defined as deviant. Black's (1998) theories of social control explain the handling of conflicts with their social geometry—their location and direction in social space. Blackian theories can be extended to yield the following theory of genocide: Genocide varies directly with immobility, social distance, and inequality; and it is greater in a downward direction (toward socially inferior ethnic groups) than in an upward or lateral direction. Extending Black's (1998) theory of the third party and Senechal de la Roche's (2001) theory of collective violence further yields the following subsidiary propositions: (1) Genocide is a joint function of strong partisanship toward the aggressors and weak partisanship toward the targets. Thus, (2) genocide is greater as third parties are socially close and inferior to the aggressors and socially remote and superior to the targets , and (3) genocide is greater where third parties are solidary among themselves. This theory explains a wide range of facts concerning genocide, including the occurrence of and variation in ethnic mass killings in five local cases: the Round Valley of northern California during the years 1856 to 1859; Kovno, Lithuania from 1941 to 1944; Nyakizu, Rwanda during the months of April to July of 1994; Prijedor, Bosnia-Herzegovina from April to October of 1992; and Ahmedabad, India from March to April of 2002.
    Series
    Studies in pure sociology
    Studies in pure sociology.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Campbell, Bradley Keith.
    Published
    Charlottesville ; London : University of Virginia Press, [2015]
    Contents
    Preface
    Genocide as social control
    Genocide as predation
    Indians and whites in California
    Muslims and Hindus in India
    Muslims and Serbs in Bosnia
    Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda
    Jews and gentiles in Europe
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References
    Index.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-244) and index.
    Preface -- Genocide as social control -- Genocide as predation -- Indians and whites in California -- Muslims and Hindus in India -- Muslims and Serbs in Bosnia -- Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda -- Jews and gentiles in Europe -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index.
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    English
    ISBN
    9780813937410
    0813937418
    Additional Form
    Electronic version(s) available internally at USHMM.
    Physical Description
    xiii, 254 pages ; 24 cm.

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