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Representing Mass Violence

Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur

Joachim J. Savelsberg (Author)

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How do interventions by the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court influence representations of mass violence? What images arise instead from the humanitarianism and diplomacy fields? How are these competing perspectives communicated to the public via mass media? Zooming in on the case of Darfur, Joachim J. Savelsberg analyzes more than three thousand news reports and opinion pieces and interviews leading newspaper correspondents, NGO experts, and foreign ministry officials from eight countries to show the dramatic differences in the framing of mass violence around the world and across social fields. Representing Mass Violence contributes to our understanding of how the world acknowledges and responds to violence in the Global South.
Joachim J. Savelsberg is Professor of Sociology and Law and Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair at the University of Minnesota. He is the coauthor of American Memories: Atrocities and the Law and author of Crime and Human Rights: Criminology of Genocide and Atrocities.
"A well-written and thoroughly researched project . . . Savelsberg’s book makes a significant contribution to criminology, global sociology, and the study of collective memory. . . . compelling and interesting."—Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
"A very thoughtfully conceptualised and written work… a high level of theoretical and empirical craft."—Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
"This book is a pathbreaking examination of the multiple international narratives around Darfur by human rights advocates, humanitarians, journalists, and diplomats. It is thorough and rigorous—an essential contribution to the scholarship."—Alex de Waal, Executive Director, World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University
"Darfur is the modern genocide that refuses to end, and this volume gives this mass atrocity the attention it deserves. It does so in highly original ways, including an unprecedented global analysis of media coverage, activism, and advocacy. The author’s familiarity with European and North American settings gives him a unique perspective from which to undertake this massive study."—John Hagan, John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and Co-Director of the Center on Law and Globalization at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago
"Joachim Savelsberg’s use of secondary material and his engagement with the critics of the human rights regime in general and those who have studied Sudan in particular, coupled with his primary analysis of media representations and their national variations (and similarities), provides a perspective that is more encompassing than anything I am aware of."—Daniel Levy, Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University

"A comprehensive survey of the range of knowledge forms and institutionalized interests that have contributed to the construction of Darfur as a signification of humanitarian crisis, human rights violation, and contemporary genocide."—Dylan Rodríguez, Professor and Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California Riverside

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