The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.


Dustin Garlitz

Introduction: The Collective Representation of Genocide

The sociological and political study of genocide is characterized by human rights concerns and the role of humanitarian intervention. In this chapter, among the genocides studied sociologically and politically are Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur. In that genocide is understood as the intentional destruction of a nation or ethnic group, it has a long history in world events. Genocide has origins in Melos and Carthage from the ancient world. Contemporary sociological and political studies of genocide argue that notions of violence and hegemony inform the reception of such mass atrocities, which has been the case ever since Polish writer Raphael Lemkin coined the word ‘genocide’ in his scholarship on the ...

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