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Genocide Discourses: American and Russian Strategic Narratives of Conflict in Iraq and Ukraine

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dc.contributor.author Irvin-Erickson, Douglas
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-15T18:17:59Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-15T18:17:59Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09
dc.identifier.citation Irvin-Erickson, D. (2017). Genocide Discourses: American and Russian Strategic Narratives of Conflict in Iraq and Ukraine. Politics and Governance, 5(3), 130-145. https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v5i3.1015 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2183–2463
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11385
dc.description.abstract This paper presents the concept of “genocide discourses”, defined as a type of strategic narrative that shapes the way individuals and groups position themselves and others and act, playing a critical role in the production of violence and efforts to reduce it. Genocide discourses tend to present genocide as fundamentally a-political, and hold that genocidal systems are dislodged only when they are swept away through external violence. Secondly, genocide discourses are built on an assumption that the victims of genocide are necessarily moral innocents, not parties in conflict. These two factors make genocide discourses highly effective in conferring moral capital upon certain actors in a conflict. The two principles converge to produce strategic narratives that direct political and military actions in certain ways in the context of contentious conflicts and political violence, motivating humanitarian responses in defense of certain groups, or sustaining popular support for foreign wars. The paper illustrates the argument by examining two case studies between 2014 and 2017: the debates in the United States over Islamic State genocides, and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Politics and Governance en_US
dc.rights Attribution 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject genocide en_US
dc.subject discourse analysis en_US
dc.title Genocide Discourses: American and Russian Strategic Narratives of Conflict in Iraq and Ukraine en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.17645/pag.v5i3.1015


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