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Genocide as a matter of degree

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  • Bradley Campbell

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    1. Department of Sociology California State University, Los Angeles 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032 USA
      email: bcampbe3@calstatela.edu
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Abstract

This article employs Max Weber's ideal-type method to classify genocides based on their degree of mass killing, unilateralism, and ethnic liability. The identification of the elements of genocide draws from a general theory of genocide (Campbell 2009, 2010) and from theories of social control employing Donald Black's (1995, 1998) theoretical approach, known as pure sociology. Because these theories identify the social features associated with each element of genocide, they can explain the form genocides take.

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