From Cannibalism to Genocide: The Work of Denial

  title={From Cannibalism to Genocide: The Work of Denial},
  author={Gillian Gillison},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
  • Gillian Gillison
  • Published 6 November 2006
  • Law
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
In Cannibal Talk, Gananath Obeyesekere sets out to expose cannibalism as racist slander and anthropologists' perpetuation of a mistaken sense of identity. In the very act of denying its existence, however, he employs it as sheep's clothing for the beast of genocide and other atrocities, implying that they, too, can be classified as slander or treated as aberrations outside the bounds of social rules or analysis. In claiming to deconstruct centuries of falsehood and defamation, Obeyesekere… 
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