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Pioneers of Genocide Studies - Samuel Totten

Pioneers of Genocide Studies

By: Samuel Totten (Editor), Steven Jacobs (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2002
ISBN: 9780765801517
Number Of Pages: 636

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New areas of research are not the result of a snap of the finger. They are carved out of the marrow of human existence. The study of genocide well illustrates this raw fact. From the early efforts that emerged in the struggle against Nazism, and over the past half century, the field has now reached a point where there at least five genocide centers across the globe, and well over one hundred Holocaust centers. This work emerged out of an earlier effort at an oral history project; one that would enable a new generation of scholars, researchers and policy makers to assess the major loci of the field, efforts to develop ways and means to intervene and prevent future genocides, and review the successes and failures of the field.

The editors of Pioneers of Genocide Studies emphasize that contributors should approach the questions of greatest relevance in a personal way, crafting a statement that reveals one's individual voice, persuasions, literary style, scholarly perspectives, and relevant details of one's life. The book succeeds admirably in the above aims, and, in so doing, epitomizes scholarly autobiographical writing at its best. The book also includes the most important works by each author on the issue of genocide. As a result, the collective portrait enhances the usefulness of the volume for those new to the field.

"[A collection of] powerful stories related by some of the 25 contributors to Pioneers of Genocide Studies, edited by Samuel Totten and Steven Leonard Jacobs. These autobiographical accounts are extremely interesting, both because they allow insight into why the various scholars entered the field of genocide studies, and because they summarize many of the scholars' key findings and intellectual preoccupations... [D]efining genocide--and equally, explaining what is not genocide--is very important, both in order to invoke the law of genocide as it now stands and to extend the umbrella of the law to those who ought to be protected by it, but are not... This inspirational volume will help... continue work in this stressful field." --Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Journal of Genocide Research "Will genocide ever end? No one can be sure, but if hope for a genocide-free world persists, considerable credit belongs to pioneers of genocide studies such as those represented in this informative book. Following in the footsteps of Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term genocide, the leading scholars who speak in these pages show not only how they became committed to genocide prevention but also what steps must be taken if genocide is to afflict humanity no more. Inspiring and instructive, Pioneers of Genocide Studies maps paths and policies that twenty-first century life urgently needs to take." --John K. Roth, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College and author, Holocaust Politics "Sam Totten and Steve Jacobs have collected an astonishing array of scholars to reflect on their work in the area of genocide studies. Individually and collectively, these essays are alternately thoughtful, prophetic, enlightening, and moral. What reader could ask for more? Pioneers of Genocide Studies will help shape the lives and work of future scholars in this important and evolving field." --Dr. Carol Rittner RSM, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
-[A collection of] powerful stories related by some of the 25 contributors to Pioneers of Genocide Studies, edited by Samuel Totten and Steven Leonard Jacobs. These autobiographical accounts are extremely interesting, both because they allow insight into why the various scholars entered the field of genocide studies, and because they summarize many of the scholars' key findings and intellectual preoccupations... [D]efining genocide--and equally, explaining what is not genocide--is very important, both in order to invoke the law of genocide as it now stands and to extend the umbrella of the law to those who ought to be protected by it, but are not... This inspirational volume will help... continue work in this stressful field.- --Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Journal of Genocide Research -Will genocide ever end? No one can be sure, but if hope for a genocide-free world persists, considerable credit belongs to pioneers of genocide studies such as those represented in this informative book. Following in the footsteps of Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term genocide, the leading scholars who speak in these pages show not only how they became committed to genocide prevention but also what steps must be taken if genocide is to afflict humanity no more. Inspiring and instructive, Pioneers of Genocide Studies maps paths and policies that twenty-first century life urgently needs to take.- --John K. Roth, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College and author, Holocaust Politics -Sam Totten and Steve Jacobs have collected an astonishing array of scholars to reflect on their work in the area of genocide studies. Individually and collectively, these essays are alternately thoughtful, prophetic, enlightening, and moral. What reader could ask for more? Pioneers of Genocide Studies will help shape the lives and work of future scholars in this important and evolving field.- --Dr. Carol Rittner RSM, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Introductionp. xi
Historians
Finding the Wordsp. 3
Confronting the Armenian Genocidep. 27
Vita Felix, Via Dolorosa: An Academic Journey Towards Genocidep. 47
Facts and Values: A Personal Intellectual Explorationp. 59
The Questionerp. 75
Political Scientists
A German-Born Genocide Scholarp. 97
Studying Genocide to Protect Lifep. 113
How I Came to the Study of Genocidep. 129
My Journey in the Study of Genocidep. 139
From the Study of War and Revolution to Democide--Power Killsp. 153
Who is My Neighbor?p. 179
Breaking the Membranep. 195
Sociologists
From Social Action to Social Theory and Back: Paths and Circlesp. 219
The Quest for Scholarship in My Pathos for the Armenian Tragedy and Its Victimsp. 235
Gauging Genocide: Social Science Dimensions and Dilemmasp. 253
Leo Kuper: A Giant Pioneerp. 267
My Path to Genocide Studiesp. 295
Lawyers and Jurists
Bearing Witnessp. 315
Totally Unofficial Manp. 365
The Callp. 401
Psychologists
A Passion for Life and Rage at the Wasting of Lifep. 429
The Roots and Prevention of Genocide and Other Collective Violence: A Life's Work Shaped by a Child's Experiencep. 479
Theologian
From Holocaust to Genocide: The Journey Continuesp. 507
Independent Scholars
Confronting Genocide in Cambodiap. 521
A Matter of Consciencep. 545
Selected Bibliographyp. 581
About the Contributorsp. 597
Indexp. 603
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ISBN: 9780765801517
ISBN-10: 0765801515
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 636
Published: 1st July 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 1.07
Edition Type: Annotated