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Who Must Die: The State of Exception in Rwanda's Genocide

Abstract The state of exception in Rwanda did not spontaneously occur in Rwanda, it was initially developed by German and Belgian colonizers, adopted by two successive Hutu regimes, and nurtured and fed for 35 years of Rwandan independence until its final realization in the 1994 genocide. Political theory regarding the development of the "space devoid of law" and necropolitics provide a framework with which to analyze the long pattern of state action that created a milieu in which genocide was an acceptable choice of action for a sovereign at risk of losing power. The study of little-known political theories such as Agamben's and Mbembe's is useful because it provides a lens through which we can analyze current state action through... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Sinema, Kyrsten (Author) / Johnson, John (Advisor) / Quan, Helen (Committee member) / Gomez, Alan (Committee member) / Doty, Roxanne (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social research / Law / Political Science / foucault / genocide / law / necropolitics / rwanda / state of exception
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 250 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Justice Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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