When victims become killers: colonialism, nativism and the genocide in Rwanda by Mahmood Mamdani; 3 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Politics. works is Mahmood Mamdani's superb book When Victims Become Killers. On several occasions Mamdani compares the Rwandan genocide with the Holocaust. Mamdani, Mahmood. When Victims Become Killers. Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS.
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When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda. Mahmood Mamdani. Copyright Date: Published by: Princeton. machete, killing was hard work, that is why there were often several killers for every single victim. .. became a lethargic victim of the nature of his own country. Home; When Victims Become Killers In so doing, Mahmood Mamdani usefully broadens understandings of citizenship and political Introduction [PDF].
Mar 22, Mia rated it really liked it An interesting and in-depth analysis of Rwanda, the Hutu and theTutsi, although very academic and so not an easy read. Several times. Perhaps one the more brilliant aspects of Mamdani's analysis is the way he utilizes a regional approach. He helps the reader see that while many assume the genocide must be the outcome of processes that unfolded within the state boundary of Rwanda, this assumption ignores the regional processes that were simultaneously occurring; processes that must be taken into account if we are to stand any chance of seriously comprehending the genocide. The text reminds of Fanon, if for no other reason than Mamdani uses him often, along with Hannah Arendt which I deeply appreciated , to conceptualize race and racial violence, but we can also see traces of the boundaries of Wimmer here, with the idea of a sense of belonging through common ancestry whether authentic or colonially constructed seemingly reigning supreme.
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Introduction [PDF]. First, it provides what might be called an intellectual history of the Hutu-Tutsi division that is invaluable.
Anyone from now on who writes on identity in Central Africa--and there will be many--will have to wrestle with the case that Mamdani has made. He recommends a broad-based constitutional settlement that includes everyone prepared to give up violence whatever their ideology.
Mamdani believes that the tens of thousands of killers who wielded the machetes that murdered , people in three terrible months of saw themselves as victims who feared losing out in the struggle for power. His Rwandan case-study provides powerful evidence that the Tutsis came to be crushed between colonist and native.
When Victims Become Killers represents a great achievement. It is a passionate and strongly argued work, memorable both as scholarship and as a brilliant political polemic. In terms of historical research and analytical depth, When Victims Become Killers is an invaluable academic work.
His interpretation of the Rwandan genocide crisis will cause considerable controversy and will prove a fresh turning point in the process of 'de-inventing' Africa.
It's a good example of relevant, committed, and passionate scholarship. His analysis of Hutu and Tutsi as historically grounded and incessantly changing political identities not only clarifies struggles of the s in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Congo but also helps identify ways of preventing future bloodshed. It is also rendered with eloquence, generosity of spirit, and political shrewdness. His uncanny ability to use scholarly methods to cast light on public life is admirable and a model for the rest of us.
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