Cultural genocide and indigenous peoples: a sociological approach

  title={Cultural genocide and indigenous peoples: a sociological approach},
  author={Damien Short},
  journal={The International Journal of Human Rights},
  pages={833 - 848}
  • D. Short
  • Published 1 November 2010
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • The International Journal of Human Rights
This contribution argues that the dominant understanding of genocide as mass killing is sociologically inadequate and at odds with the ideas of the author of the concept, Raphael Lemkin. To date sociological approaches to genocide have failed to appreciate the importance of culture and social death to the concept of genocide. There is insufficient serious discussion of culturally destructive processes, which do not involve direct physical killing or violence, through the analytical lens of… 

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