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Culture(s) in International Relations

Edited By Grażyna Michałowska and Hanna Schreiber

This book presents a critical reflection on how the presence of «culture» in theory and practice of international relations is reflected in International Relations as a research field. The authors analyze culture in International Relations scholarship and evaluate culture in the practice of International Relations, as well as in International Law. The contemporary social sciences have put culture on a pedestal. The proliferation of the meanings associated with the notion of what culture is, has gone very far. The results of analyses presented in this book are meant to contribute to solving the existing confusion, to identify the research fields in IR where culture appears.

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Cultural Genocide – Culturecide: An Unfinished or Rejected Project of International Law? (Hanna Schreiber)

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Hanna Schreiber

Cultural Genocide – Culturecide: An Unfinished or Rejected Project of International Law?

Key words: cultural genocide, Raphael Lemkin, indigenous peoples, human rights, culturecide

Abstract: The article analyses the evolution of the definition of ‘cultural genocide’ from the debates of the 1948 Genocide Convention to the 2007 U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It presents how Raphael Lemkin originally envisioned this notion. It discusses examples of culturecidal practices and possible developments of this concept in the future.

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