Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Developmentalism and the genocide-ecocide nexus

Crook, Martin; Short, Damien


Martin Crook

Damien Short


Damien Short

Martin Crook


This chapter seeks to contribute to an emerging “ecological turn” in genocide studies that places the material “extra-human environment” at the core of the biological and cultural integrity of social groups such as indigenous peoples and territorially dependent placed-based groups. Such social groups are often the victims of an array of ecological and culturally genocidal coercive practices which we will discuss herein. From land grabs in the service of economic development projects in Australia to, perversely, “conservation” and the “environmental” protection projects in Uganda and Kenya. For many indigenous and place-based peoples, their historical narrative and their practises, rituals and traditions are inextricably connected to their land base. In this article we explore the ecologically induced genocide suffered by such groups where environmental destruction results in conditions of life that fundamentally threaten a social group’s cultural and/or physical existence.

Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2022
Publication Date Feb 10, 2022
Deposit Date Jul 3, 2024
Publisher Routledge
Pages 7-33
Book Title The Genocide-Ecocide Nexus
Chapter Number 1
ISBN 9781032183077
Public URL
Publisher URL