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The Slippery Slope to Genocide
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The Slippery Slope to Genocide: Reducing Identity Conflicts and Preventing Mass Murder

I. William Zartman, Mark Anstey, and Paul Meerts


Genocide results from the culmination of conflicts over identity. A group of people that feels threatened by extinction resorts to genocide as a pathologically defensive reaction. This poses a security dilemma that can only be ended by quelling the feelings of threat and fear that prompt mass violence. In order to prevent genocide, it is essential to understand the internal dynamics of identity conflict. It is also important to intervene at the early stages of identity conflict; the parties involved require external help to ease tensions. In this volume, noted thinkers and practitioners of con ... More

Keywords: genocide, identity conflict, conflict management, outbidders, spoilers, intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199791743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

I. William Zartman, editor

Mark Anstey, editor

Paul Meerts, editor

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