Becoming Nonhuman: The Case Study of the Gulag

Ataria
2019 Genealogy  
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.
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doi:10.3390/genealogy3020027 fatcat:boyqo5nmtrgancdqsegm53x4zi