Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781842779316 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781842779309 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Redefining Genocide

Settler Colonialism, Social Death and Ecocide

Damien Short

Redefining Genocide

Damien Short

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781842779316 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781842779309 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Historically known simply as systematic mass killing of a group of people, human genocide is, in reality, an extremely subtle and complex phenomenon. In the highly controversial and original Redefining Genocide, Damian Short systematically rethinks how academia currently characterizes genocide and how it actually should define it in the future. Short uses close empirical analysis of several controversial yet underdiscussed case studies worldwide, such as Palestine, Sri Lanka, Australia, and Alberta’s Tar Sands. With intense examination of topical issues—such as fracking, environmental destruction, and the West Bank settlements—he reveals the key roles that settler colonialism, capitalism, finite resources, and the ecological crisis play in driving genocidal social death on a global scale. A provocative rethinking of how one of our world’s most disturbing aspects should be defined in the modern age, Redefining Genocide will be essential reading for all students and scholars of genocide studies.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
Definitional conundrums: a sociological approach to genocide  
The genocide-ecocide nexus
Palestine
With Haifa Rashed
Sri Lanka
With Vinay Prakash
Australia
Tar sands and the indigenous peoples of northern Alberta
With Jennifer Huseman
Looking to the future: where to from here?
 
Conclusion
 
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Theoretical Criminology
“Short should be commended for an engaging, well-supported, and important contribution. Not only should this book be essential reading for genocide scholars, Redefining Genocide should be read across indigenous and environmental studies, criminology, sociology, international development, and political science.”
Capitalism Nature Socialism
Redefining Genocide . . . will undoubtedly have a significant impact within the social sciences.”
Academic Council on the United Nations System
“'Makes fascinating, compelling, and theoretically coherent connections between colonialism, genocide, and ecological destruction. The field of genocide studies puts out a number of books each year, but this one truly counts as a required reading that unites a number of fields of study that have remained separate for too long . . . one of the most important works published in the field in recent years.”
Andrew Woolford, author of This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Red
“This is a very welcome and much needed book. In it, Short offers a timely and important challenge for us all to contend with the ongoing and intertwined threats of ecological and group destruction.”
Mark Levene, author of The Crisis of Genocide
“Genocide scholars have a habit of not getting the bigger picture, they concentrate on the politics, the law, or the human psychology but leaving out the crucial environmental underpinning. If you wreck an environment upon which communities depend, their destruction will inexorably follow. Short is one of the few genocide scholars who does get it and this book is to be vastly welcomed for the belated paradigm shift it augurs.”
Dirk Moses, author of Empire, Colony, Genocide
“In this important and timely book, the sociologist Damian Short highlights the destruction wrought by the interaction of genocide and ecocide. Well-chosen case studies about Indigenous peoples’ catastrophic experiences of land appropriation and resource exploitation by state-authorised corporations reveal that the perfectly legal economic processes of settler colonialism manifest a largely ignored banality of evil.”
Tom Lawson, author of The Last Man: A British Genocide in Tasmania
“Short poses a fundamental challenge to scholars and citizens alike. He forces us to rethink our entire understanding of the crime of genocide, and more particularly its relationship with the environmental harms which will dominate the century to come. This is interdisciplinary scholarship at its very best, I urge you to read it now.”
Colin Samson, author of A World You Do Not Know: Settler Societies, Indigenous Peoples and the Attac
“Hugely original. Short’s well-informed analysis gives hope to those of us who believe that the critique of what is taken to be normal or inevitable is the first step towards promoting the respect for cultural pluralism, human dignity and respect for nature.”
Choice
“Short's engaging text complicates the definition of genocide for scholars in law, history, politics, and sociology. . . . This book will undoubtedly stretch genocide scholars and spur debate while making an important contribution to the conversation. Highly recommended.”
John Docker, author of The Origins of Violence: Religion, History and Genocide
Redefining Genocide is an incisive, bold, and illuminating exploration of the close links between genocide, colonialism, and ecocide. With flair and insight, it addresses the vulnerability of humanity in the perilous age of the Anthropocene.”
Nigel South, University of Essex
“Short’s discussion of genocide, ecocide and colonialist exploitation is delivered with clarity and intellectual insight. It is both an important reminder of some nearly forgotten histories of inhumanity and a warning about future dangers to the planet.”
Tony Barta, La Trobe University
“An important, path-breaking book. It expands genocide studies into disciplines and concerns that reach far beyond the academy. Policy-makers and activists, as well as scholars troubled by the genocidal potential and local impacts of global developments, must urgently engage with its arguments.”
Journal of Holy Land and Palestinian Studies
Redefining Genocide has implications for genocide studies in the widest sense, not only in the links it draws between genocide and ecocide, but also in the way it can help us rethink the relationship between genocide and the role of the state.”
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