Re-evaluating Economic Genocide: When Policy Becomes Predator


  • Naznin Niti Lecturer



in-group, out-group, genocide, conflict, economic


Incidents of genocide just started with the dawn of civilization. However, ideas of Enlightenment have inspired humans’ wish to persistently improve their societies. It is seen that if a certain group in any case stands between the population and its goal, it can be estimated as “rational” and legitimate to get rid of that group. Sometimes this eradication takes place so subtly that the standard of living of the target population gradually deteriorates. Eventually, the group become extinct and this kind of incidents are possible to discuss under economic genocide. The dominant group in such genocides isolates the target group socially and economically through the deliberate formulation of various exploitative policies. In many cases, the level of oppression has turned into atrocities and genocides, examples of which can be seen at several times in the twentieth century. The present article will attempt to re-evaluate economic genocide, analyzing different economic factors as an underlying condition that make genocide possible or may trigger mass atrocities.


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