The ordinariness of genocide

Dr hab. Lech Nijakowski (The Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw) The Ordinariness of Genocide

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The topic of the presentation will be the role of ideological discourse in the genocidal mobilization in the 20th century. 

The author, trying to understand the process which leads people to involve themselves in genocide, established that a key element in the preparation for all genocidal acts was the ideological and nationalist discourse which excused them. Ideological discourse not only forms the cultural myths but also shapes social institutions and roles. This is why it plays both a direct and indirect role in the mobilization for genocide. The author will present a broad comparison of genocides and use the model based on it to explain why there was no mass revenge taken against the Germans after World War II. 

More on this topic:

Lech Nijakowski, The Delight of Revenge. A Historical Sociology of Mobilization for GenocideWarsaw 2013 and The Ordinariness of Genocide

Dr hab. Lech M. Nijakowski works at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Warsaw. His research focuses on theories of aggression, violence and war as an interdisciplinary subject, as well as ethnic cleansing, genocide and massacres. His book The Delight of Revenge – A Historical Sociology of Mobilization for Genocide received the Ludwik Krzywicki Prize from PAS Division I in 2013. 

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