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Mass violence is often characterized by the disappearance of the victims’ bodies, preventing families from mourning. In Latin America, the exhumation processes emerged partially as a response to this situation. The search for the dead has always been a political issue, as the mourning of the victim’s relatives has been presented as a “humanitarian” objective and a peace-building tool, thus articulating individual and social healing.
This article questions the representations of the legacy of violence between generations, as well as local indigenous representations of mourning through appropriated notions such as “trauma” and “susto”.
L’ouvrage, édité par Estela Schindel et Gabriel Gatti discute la catégorie de la “disparition sociale” à partir de cas latino-américains et d’Europe de l’est, qui révèlent, dans des contextes politiques et géographiques divers des modalités similaires d’abandon par l’Etat et d’invisibilisation sociale.
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Vous y retrouverez notamment la contribution de Juan Pablo Aranguren “The ‘False Positives’ and Double Disappearance in Colombia”.
The contributions gathered in this volume discuss this development through the category of social disappearance in a series of case studies drawn from Latin America and Europe. The result is a transregional conversation across South-North and East-West divides.
The special issue explore “The possibility of inhabiting mourning, that is, of living with pain, absence, and catastrophe in a lasting and structured way”. How is mourning manifested in societies pierced by violence and conflict? What type of imagination does mourning awaken? How is the bad death structured publicly?