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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions$
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Charles H. Anderton and Jurgen Brauer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199378296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.001.0001

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Business in Genocide

Business in Genocide

Understanding and Avoiding Complicity

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(p.591) 25 Business in Genocide
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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions
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Nora M. Stel

Wim Naudé

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.003.0025

In this chapter we focus on corporate complicity in genocide, providing a critical analysis of the involvement of commercial organizations in genocide based on case study illustrations and a tentative conceptualization. We start out by reviewing the literature to identify why businesses become complicit in genocide and how this complicity is manifested. Subsequently, we reflect on these debates by exploring the specific roles entrepreneurs and businesses have played in three of the most uncontested genocides in contemporary history: the Jewish, Kurdish, and Darfurian genocides. We find that how companies are involved in genocide is relatively well understood, if not always widely publicized, but why they may end up as accomplices to genocide is hardly ever explored from the perspective of these firms and their representatives themselves.

Keywords:   genocide, complicity, business, entrepreneurship, human rights

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