Us and Them: Identity and Genocide

@article{Moshman2007UsAT,
  title={Us and Them: Identity and Genocide},
  author={David Moshman},
  journal={Identity},
  year={2007},
  volume={7},
  pages={115 - 135}
}
  • D. Moshman
  • Published 15 May 2007
  • Political Science
  • Identity
Genocide is commonly deemed to be either inexplicable or the result of special hatreds. I argue instead that genocide is an extreme result of normal identity processes. Four overlapping phases are proposed. (1) Dichotomization elevates one dimension of identity over others and, within that dimension, sharply distinguishes two categories: us and them. This may lead to (2) dehumanization, in which “they” come to be seen not just as different from “us” but as outside the human universe of moral… 
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