Dr. Jennie Burnet Interviewed for “Anthropologist on the Street” Podcast
Anthropologist on the Street Episode 14: “Political Divisiveness & the Encouragement of Violence with Dr. Jennie Burnet”
“When multicultural societies begin dividing into factions based on ethnic identities, assigning blame to the “other” and emphasizing the differences among us rather than the similarities, the stage is set for political violence… or worse.
“Dr. Jennie Burnet researches the causes and consequences of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, two ethnic groups, the Hutus and Tutsis, lived side-by-side as neighbors and friends, until policies implemented under European colonization redefined the ethnic identities and shifted the power dynamics between them. After independence, the legacy of those changes created bitter divides that widened under political leadership.”