• Title: Burundi: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide
  • Author: Rene Lemarchand
  • ISBN: 9780521566230
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • Burundi Ethnic Conflict and Genocide This book situates Burundi in the current global debate on ethnicity by describing and analyzing the wholesale massacre of the Hutu majority by the Tutsi minority The author refutes the government s v
    This book situates Burundi in the current global debate on ethnicity by describing and analyzing the wholesale massacre of the Hutu majority by the Tutsi minority The author refutes the government s version of these events that places blame on the former colonial government and the church He offers documentation that identifies the source of these massacres as occurringThis book situates Burundi in the current global debate on ethnicity by describing and analyzing the wholesale massacre of the Hutu majority by the Tutsi minority The author refutes the government s version of these events that places blame on the former colonial government and the church He offers documentation that identifies the source of these massacres as occurring across a socially constructed fault line that pitted the Hutu majority s use of ethnicity as an instrument for the achievement of majority rule in parliament against the Tutsi minority s use of ethnocide to gain hegemony By analyzing the roots of ethnicity conflict, the author derives institutional and other formulae through which conflict among the primary groups in Burundi and elsewhere may be mitigated Published in cooperation with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development UNRISD.

    One Reply to “Burundi: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide”

    1. Hands down the best book on the role of discourse in ethnic violence I can think of. And I can think of a lot.

    2. Not just the account of a small African country that most of us know little about, this book provides insightful analysis of the causes and effects of ethnic tensions and ethnic conflict. Even if one cared little about Burundi in particular, this book would still be a useful look at the processes of mythmaking, dehumanization, and the construction of social and cultural fault lines for political motives, which is instructive whether the topic is Burundi or the U.S. pursuit of the “War on Terro [...]

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