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Becoming Nonhuman: The Case Study of the Gulag

by Yochai Ataria
Department of Psychology, Tel-Hai Academic College, Qiryat Shemona 1220800, Israel
In the 70th Anniversary of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Genealogy 2019, 3(2), 27;
Received: 25 April 2019 / Revised: 27 May 2019 / Accepted: 27 May 2019 / Published: 28 May 2019
Based on the experience of innocent individuals who were arrested and sent to the Gulag, this paper examines the transformation from being human to being nonhuman. It suggests that during this process, one shifts from belonging to nonbelonging. As a result, similarly to Winston Smith–Orwell’s hero in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the prisoner is rebooted and reborn as an object belonging to the Gulag. In this situation, the prisoner internalizes the Gulag’s rules in the deepest possible manner. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gulag; affordance; nonhuman; nonbelonging Gulag; affordance; nonhuman; nonbelonging
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Ataria, Y. Becoming Nonhuman: The Case Study of the Gulag. Genealogy 2019, 3, 27.

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