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- DescriptionGecide t only annihilates people but also destroys and reorganises social relations, using terror as a method. In Gecide as Social Practice , social scientist Daniel Feierstein looks at the policies of state-sponsored repression pursued by the Argentine military dictatorship against political opponents between 1976 and 1983 and those pursued by the Third Reich between 1933 and 1945. He finds similarities, t in the extent of the horror but in terms of the goals of the perpetrators. The Nazis resorted to ruthless methods in part to stifle dissent but even more importantly to reorganise German society into a Volksgemeinschaft, or people's community, in which racial solidarity would supposedly replace class struggle. The situation in Argentina echoes this. After seizing power in 1976, the Argentine military described its own programme of forced disappearances, torture and murder as a process of national reorganization aimed at remodelling society on Western and Christian lines. For Feierstein, gecide can be considered a techlogy of power - a form of social engineering - that creates, destroys or reorganises relationships within a given society. It influences the ways in which different social groups construct their identity and the identity of others, thus shaping the way that groups interrelate. Feierstein establishes continuity between the reorganizing gecide first practised by the Nazis in concentration camps and the more complex version - complex in terms of the symbolic and material closure of social relationships - later applied in Argentina. In conclusion, he speculates on how to construct a political culture capable of confronting and resisting these trends. First published in Argentina, in Spanish, Gecide as Social Practice has since been translated into many languages, w including this English edition. The book provides a distinctive and valuable look at gecide through the lens of Latin America as well as Europe.
- Author BiographyDaniel Feierstein is the director of the Centre for Genocide Studies at the National University of Tres de Febrero in Argentina. He is the current president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and has consulted for the United Nations on several projects.
- Author(s)Daniel Feierstein
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication30/03/2014
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleGenocide, Political Violence, Human Rights
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight408 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Translated byDouglas Andrew Town
- Foreword byAlexander Laban Hinton
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