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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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Confronting Genocide and Ethnocide of Indigenous Peoples: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Definition, Intervention, Prevention, and Advocacy

Confronting Genocide and Ethnocide of Indigenous Peoples: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Definition, Intervention, Prevention, and Advocacy

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(p.54) 3 Confronting Genocide and Ethnocide of Indigenous Peoples: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Definition, Intervention, Prevention, and Advocacy
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Annihilating Difference
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Samuel Totten

William S. Parsons

Robert K. Hitchcock

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230286.003.0003

This chapter clarifies some key issues on the prevention of genocidal atrocities. It states that the definition of the term indigenous peoples is problematic, since in many places groups may migrate and identify themselves in different ways. It identifies the four key characteristics of indigenous peoples (as stated by the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues), and distinguishes physical genocide, cultural genocide, “ecocide,” and other typologies of genocide. This chapter also tries to show how such devastation is often implicitly or explicitly legitimated by metanarratives of modernity.

Keywords:   genocidal atrocities, prevention, indigenous peoples, key characteristics, physical genocide, cultural genocide, ecocide, metanarratives of modernity

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