Echoes of violence: Considerations on radio and genocide in Rwanda

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Echoes of violence: Considerations on radio and genocide in Rwanda

The author seeks to integrate the perspectives and experiences of radio listeners with broader considerations about the study of the Rwandan genocide and mass atrocity more generally. He argues that the question of RTLM’s role in the genocide can be elucidated through three aspects: ideologically, it played on existing dominant discourses in Rwandan public life for the purposes of encouraging listeners to participate in the killings; performatively, the station’s animateurs skilfully exploited the possibilities of the medium to create a dynamic relationship with and among listeners; and finally, RTLM helped the Rwandan state appropriate one of the most innocuous aspects of everyday life in the service of the genocide.

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  • Author
    Darryl Li
  • Year of publication
    March 2004
  • Publisher
    The Social Science Research Network
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