Knowing about Genocide
Armenian Suffering and Epistemic Struggles
Savelsberg, Joachim J.
CollectionKnowledge Unlatched (KU); Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)
This book is freely available in an open access edition thanks to TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem)—a collaboration of the Association of American Universities, the Association of University Presses, and the Association of Research Libraries—and the generous support of the University of Minnesota. Learn more at the TOME website, available at openmonographs.org. How do victims and perpetrators generate conflicting knowledge about genocide? Using a sociology of knowledge approach, Savelsberg answers this question for the Armenian genocide committed in the context of the First World War. Focusing on Armenians and Turks, he examines strategies of silencing, denial, and acknowledgment in everyday interaction, public rituals, law, and politics. Drawing on interviews, ethnographic accounts, documents, and eyewitness testimony, Savelsberg illuminates the social processes that drive dueling versions of history. He reveals counterproductive consequences of denial in an age of human rights hegemony, with implications for populist disinformation campaigns against overwhelming evidence.
KeywordsHistory; Middle East; Turkey & Ottoman Empire; Political Science; Genocide & War Crimes; Sociology; Sociology of Knowledge and Collective Memory
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Publication date and place2021
ImprintUniversity of California Press
Middle Eastern history