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Annihilating DifferenceThe Anthropology of Genocide$
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Alexander Laban Hinton

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230286

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230286.001.0001

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Coming to Our Senses: Anthropology and Genocide

Coming to Our Senses: Anthropology and Genocide

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(p.348) 14 Coming to Our Senses: Anthropology and Genocide
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Annihilating Difference
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Nancy Scheper-Hughes

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230286.003.0014

This chapter considers several issues on the anthropological insights taken from a study of structural dynamics. It shows that anthropologists have been influenced to overlook the forms of political terror and “everyday violence” that often affects the peoples whom they study. It analyzes the relationship of Alfred Kroeber and Ishi, the “last California aborigine”, in order to show how anthropologists also took an active role in preserving and recording the cultural life of indigenous peoples. This chapter also emphasizes that anthropologists should directly confront the question of what makes genocide possible.

Keywords:   anthropological insights, structural dynamics, political terror, everyday violence, Alfred Kroeber, cultural life, indigenous peoples, genocide

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