The term CULTURAL GENOCIDE comes from the word gens, meaning a clan or community of people related by common descent. The idea of
cultural genocide implies the process of undermining, suppressing, and ultimately
eliminating, native culture. The deliberate destruction of the
cultural heritage of a people or nation for political or military
reasons is also termed as cultural genocide. Article 7 of the "United Nations draft
declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples" defines Cultural Genocide: Indigenous peoples have the collective and individual
right not to be subjected to ethnocide and cultural genocide, including prevention of and
The Stolen Generations
and Cultural Genocide - The Forced Removal of Australian Indigenous Children from
their Families and its Implications for the Sociology of Childhood - ROBERT VAN
KRIEKEN, University of Sydney - Childhood, Vol. 6, No. 3, 297-311 (1999)
It was cultural genocide when
Australian government authorities assumed legal guardianship of all Indigenous children
and removed large numbers of them from their families for purpose of assimilation into
European society and culture. This policy has been described as
Earthen Spirituality or
Cultural Genocide?: Radical Environmentalism's Appropriation of Native American
Spirituality - Taylor B, Source: Religion, Volume 27, Number 2, April 1997.
The appropriation by non-Indians of Native American religious practices has become a
highly contentious phenomenon. The present analysis focuses on the controversy as it has
unfolded within the Deep Ecology or Radical Environmental
Movement in North America.
Cultural Genocide, the
Universal Declaration, and Minority Rights - Morsink, Johannes.
This essay will show how the drafting of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights overlapped in a significant
manner. That overlap helps explain why neither of these documents directly addresses the
crime of cultural genocide. The drafters of the Genocide Convention severely weakened the
prevention part of their goal when they left out of their document the prohibition and
punishability of acts of cultural genocide. Prohibition was in the first draft of the
Genocide Convention. Having witnessed Hitler's acts of ethnic cleansing, the Western
delegates understood the connection between cultural genocide and physical genocide. They
argued that the right place to make that connection was in the Universal Declaration. They
voted to delete the cultural genocide prohibition from the Convention.
The Puzzle of Genocide - Freeman, Michael.
Recognizes the difficulties involved in trying to define the term "genocide" and
how concepts such as "cultural genocide" and "political genocide"
affect debate on the subject. Argues that to be clearly understood, cultural genocide or
political genocide must be defined widely enough to identify appropriate cases, yet
narrowly enough that it is not trivialized.
Cultural Genocide - A Prelude/Counter-part of Genocide? - Pamela de
Condappa, King's College.
Cultural genocide is an emotive and controversial schema that must be qualified to the
strictest possible degree. This paper seeks to discuss and define the problematic concept of Cultural genocide.
I argue that this process may involve symbolically pertinent culture within the context of
a particular cultural landscape. Thus symbols of culture
associated with the identity of a particular group, which has been subjected to
destruction as part of a widespread and planned strategy, renegotiating the identity of
other group(s) in conflict with the initial group, is comparable to the processes
that define cultural genocide. This therefore constitutes a type of cultural genocide.
Accepting the above premise, attention must then be drawn to the potentially critical role
that archaeologists and anthropologists, could play in highlighting cultural genocide as a
potential precursor to physical genocide.