Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives

Edited by Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja

Routledge, 2013

This edited book provides an interdisciplinary overview of recent scholarship in the field of genocide studies.

The book examines four main areas:     

  • The current state of research on genocide   
  • New thinking on the categories and methods of mass violence    
  • Developments in teaching about genocide    
  • Critical analyses of military humanitarian interventions and post-violence justice and reconciliation 


Foreword by Helen Fein

  1. Introduction: Genocide Matters. Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives, by Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja
  2. Questioning Boundaries: What’s Old and What’s New in Comparative Genocide Theory, by Maureen Hiebert
  3. Critical Genocide Studies, by Alex Hinton
  4. Holocaust Studies and Genocide Studies: Past, Present and Future, by Donald Bloxham
  5. Genocide and the Politics of Rape: Historical and Psychological Perspectives, by Roger W. Smith
  6. Genocide by Attrition: Silent and Efficient, by Sheri P. Rosenberg and Everita Silina
  7. Research and Teaching About Genocide: History, Challenges and New Directions, by Joyce Apsel
  8. Humanitarian Military Intervention After the Responsibility to Protect: Obstacles and Prospects, by Paul D. Williams
  9. Transitional Justice and Genocide, by Ernesto Verdeja

About Ernesto Verdeja »


"In Genocide Matters, Apsel and Verdeja bring together a range of important authors and themes, including the perspectives of the next generation of genocide scholars. This is an important volume to understanding the field. An indispensable book."
— Daniel Feierstein, Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina

"The burgeoning field of genocide studies brings together disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, united in their fascination with the causes and consequences of mass atrocity and in their determination to put it to an end. Leading thinkers in the field wrestle with the contemporary debates about prevention and intervention in this useful, compact volume edited by two of the field’s eminent scholars. 
— William Schabas, Professor of international law, Middlesex University, UK.