Animal holocausts

Buettner, Angi (2002) Animal holocausts. Cultural Studies Review, 8 1: 28-44.

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Author Buettner, Angi
Title Animal holocausts
Journal name Cultural Studies Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-8123
Publication date 2002-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 28
End page 44
Total pages 17
Editor C. Healy
S. Muecke
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Melbourne University Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
750902 Understanding the pasts of other societies
420399 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
In today's culture the Jewish Holocaust is not only everywhere--in film, literature, theatre and museums--but is also utilized outside its historical boundary of the Nazi genocide in a variety of different contexts of perceived suffering. There is a global cultural practice of turning the 'Holocaust' into 'holocausts'. A variety of contemporary events become interpreted in terms of the Holocaust.

This paper argues that these conscriptions create an interpretative system of comparisons and metaphors in which Holocaust imagery and material as well as Holocaust theory become transferred. The problems of this practice arise in the highly diffuse use of terms and the difficulty of establishing clear-cut definitions in the face of extreme or limit cases, such as the Holocaust. The term 'genocide' provides one clear example of this and the Holocaust as master theory is perhaps the most problematic case. By considering the deployment of the Holocaust by animal rights discussions, this essay argues that uses of the Holocaust do not necessarily result in pointless commodifications of the Holocaust but can also provide a powerful tool for creating awareness about suffering and grounds for political action against suffering.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
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