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The unmarked mass graves left by war and acts of terror are lasting traces of violence in communities traumatized by fear, conflict, and unfinished mourning. Like silent testimonies to the wounds of history, these graves continue to inflict harm on communities and families that wish to bury or memorialize their lost kin. Changing political circumstances can reveal the location of mass graves or facilitate their exhumation, but the challenge of identifying and recovering the dead is only the beginning of a complex process that brings the rights and wishes of a bereaved society onto a transnational stage. Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights examines the political and social implications of this sensitive undertaking in specific local and national contexts. International forensic methods, local-level claims, national political developments, and transnational human rights discourse converge in detailed case studies from the United States, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Korea. Contributors analyze the role of exhumations in transitional justice from the steps of interviewing eyewitnesses and survivors to the painstaking forensic recovery and comparison of DNA profiles. This innovative volume demonstrates that contemporary exhumations are as much a source of personal, historical, and criminal evidence as instruments of redress for victims through legal accountability and memory politics. Contributors: ZoAl Crossland, Francisco FerrAindiz, Luis Fondebrider, Iosif Kovras, Heonik KwAyn, Isaias Rojas-Perez, Antonius C. G. M. Robben, Elena Lesley Rozen, Katerina Stefatos, Francesc Torres, Sara Wagner, Richard Ashby Wilson.Antigone was torn between the obligation to bury her war-dead brothers according to a€œthe divine lawa€ of kinship on one ... She buried one brother, who died as a hero of the city, and then proceeded to do the same for another brother, who died as an ... The latter act violated the edict of the citya#39;s ruler, and she was subsequently condemned to death as punishment. ... Rather than an anomalous, upside-down genealogical condition, the name of the place points to the norms of kinship toanbsp;...

Author:Francisco Ferraandiz, Antonius C. G. M. Robben
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press - 2015-06-12


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