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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].


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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.

Mahmood Mamdani coaxes to the surface the historical, geographical, and political forces that made it possible for so many Hutu to turn so brutally on their neighbors. In so doing, Mamdani usefully broadens understandings of citizenship and political identity in postcolonial Africa and provides a direction for preventing similar future tragedies.

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Rejecting easy explanations of the genocide as a mysterious evil force that was bizarrely unleashed, one of Africa's best-known intellectuals situates the tragedy in its proper context.

He coaxes to the surface the historical, geographical, and political forces that made it possible for so many Hutu to turn so brutally on their neighbors.

He finds answers in the nature of political identities generated during colonialism, in the failures of the nationalist revolution to transcend these identities, and in regional demographic and political currents that reach well beyond Rwanda.

In so doing, Mahmood Mamdani usefully broadens understandings of citizenship and political identity in postcolonial Africa. There have been few attempts to explain the Rwandan horror, and none has succeeded so well as this one.

Mamdani's analysis provides a solid foundation for future studies of the massacre. Even more important, his answers point a way out of crisis: a direction for reforming political identity in central Africa and preventing future tragedies. 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.

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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.To some extent, the permeability of these categories in the intervening decades helped to reify the biological distinctions, generating a taller elite and a shorter underclass, but with little relation to the gene pools that had existed a few centuries ago.

In so doing, Mahmood Mamdani usefully broadens understandings of citizenship and political identity in postcolonial Africa.

More about this book. 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.

When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda

A respectful treatment of one another is important to us. He recommends a broad-based constitutional settlement that includes everyone prepared to give up violence whatever their ideology.

His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of books, among other journals.

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Indeed, it is its very popularity that makes the Rwandan genocide so unthinkable.

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