Genocide Denialism as an Intergenerational Injustice

Altanian, Melanie (2019). Genocide Denialism as an Intergenerational Injustice. In: Cottier, Thomas; Lalani, Shaheeza; Siziba, Clarence (eds.) Intergenerational Equity. World Trade Institute Advanced Studies: Vol. 4 (pp. 151-162). Leiden: Brill 10.1163/9789004388000_011

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Understanding transitional justice and dealing with the past as elements of intergenerational justice puts our focus on the establishment of sustainable, peaceful, social relationships among groups or members thereof within an intergenerational polity or society after violent conflicts, such as genocide or other crimes against humanity. However, what if this process is undermined by institutionally supported denialism? This paper addresses the question of the normative importance of genocide recognition negatively, by examining the way in which subsequent genocide denialism might be considered as a perpetuation of injustice against genocide survivors and their descendants. I will argue that genocide denialism can be considered as a continuation of genocidal violence in epistemic form, that is, an epistemic injustice, whereby members of the victim group are negatively discriminated against with regard to their credibility and intelligibility. Institutional genocide denialism, then, does not just prevent societies from dealing with their genocidal past, but in the first instance constitutes renewed humiliation and violation of the epistemic authority of genocide survivors and their descendants, thus becoming an instance of intergenerational injustice.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy

Graduate School:

Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH)

UniBE Contributor:

Altanian, Melanie

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 170 Ethics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

2405-9331

ISBN:

978-90-04-38799-7

Series:

World Trade Institute Advanced Studies

Publisher:

Brill

Language:

English

Submitter:

Melanie Altanian

Date Deposited:

09 Mar 2020 13:31

Last Modified:

15 Sep 2020 15:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1163/9789004388000_011

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.139282

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/139282

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