One of the continuing disputes which have marked the history of the concept ‘genocide’ has been the question of how narrowly or broadly it ought to be understood. A narrow conception restricts itself to the various forms of killing and physical annihilation, whereas the broader definition addresses a wider variety of ways in which human groups can be ‘eliminated’, including the destruction of their distinct cultural identity. A central element of this broader approach is the concept of ‘cultural genocide’,2 and it is around this idea that much of the debate between the two understandings revolves.
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This chapter draws extensively from an earlier version published as ‘Rethinking Cultural Genocide: Indigenous Child Removal and Settler-Colonial State-Formation’, Oceania, 75 (2004), 125–51.
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van Krieken, R. (2008). Cultural Genocide in Australia. In: Stone, D. (eds) The Historiography of Genocide. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230297784_6
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