Joachim J. Savelsberg: Repräsentationen von Massengewalt

Strafrechtliche, humanitäre, diplomatische und journalistische Perspektiven auf den Darfurkonflikt

Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann 2016

With the expansion of international criminal law, causation and exercise of mass violence is increasingly criminalized. However, the fields of humanitarian aid and diplomacy generate quite different representations than those of criminal law. A comparative analysis of eight countries reveals variable susceptibilities to these competing narratives. The empirical evidence is based on a content analysis of more than 3,000 newspaper articles about the violence in Darfur as well as on interviews with African correspondents and specialists working for NGOs and foreign ministries in the eight countries. This sociological analysis suggests differentiations between arguments of field and globalization theories.


Prof. Dr. Joachim J. Savelsberg is a Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota, where he also holds the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair. He researches criminological questions, human rights violations and their legal processes as well as the effects of law on collective memory.