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Knowing about Genocide: Armenian Suffering and Epistemic Struggles

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posted on 21.08.2022, 19:07 authored by Joachim Savelsberg

How do victims and perpetrators generate conflicting knowledge about genocide? Using a sociology of knowledge approach, Savelsberg answers this question for the Armenian genocide committed in the context of the First World War. Focusing on Armenians and Turks, he examines strategies of silencing, denial, and acknowledgment in everyday interaction, public rituals, law, and politics. Drawing on interviews, ethnographic accounts, documents, and eyewitness testimony, Savelsberg illuminates the social processes that drive dueling versions of history. He reveals counterproductive consequences of denial in an age of human rights hegemony, with implications for populist disinformation campaigns against overwhelming evidence.

Funding

University of Minnesota as part of the TOME initiative

History

Publication date

2021

ISBN (Open Access)

9780520380196

ISBN (Print - Paper)

9780520380189

Publisher Name

University of California Press