- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: January 2021
- Print publication year: 2021
- Online ISBN: 9781316217306
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316217306
Genocide is not only a problem of mass death, but also of how, as a relatively new idea and law, it organizes and distorts thinking about civilian destruction. Taking the normative perspective of civilian immunity from military attack, A. Dirk Moses argues that the implicit hierarchy of international criminal law, atop which sits genocide as the 'crime of crimes', blinds us to other types of humanly caused civilian death, like bombing cities, and the 'collateral damage' of missile and drone strikes. Talk of genocide, then, can function ideologically to detract from systematic violence against civilians perpetrated by governments of all types. The Problems of Genocide contends that this violence is the consequence of 'permanent security' imperatives: the striving of states, and armed groups seeking to found states, to make themselves invulnerable to threats.
Maria Mälksoo - author of The Politics of Becoming European: A Study of Polish and Baltic Post-Cold War Security Imaginaries
Jens Meierhenrich - author of Lawfare: A Genealogy (forthcoming)
Nandini Sundar - author of The Burning Forest: India's War Against the Maoists
Eric D. Weitz - author of A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States
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