What is Genocide?
Martin Shaw’s new study, What is Genocide, addresses the question: ‘how should we understand the idea of genocide?’ He offers a new definition of genocide which he claims represents a return to the spirit of Raphael Lemkin’s original formulation of the concept. Shaw states: ‘The book argues that genocide studies have lost some of the central insights of their founding thinker, Raphael Lemkin.’  In order to recover Lemkin’s original meaning, Shaw argues, the idea of genocide needs to be vigorously conceptualised through sociological methodology. He offers a new definition of genocide and I will return to it towards the end of this essay.
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