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Reconstructing Atrocity

Martha K. Hugginsv, Mika Haritos-Fatouros and Philip G. Zimbardo

in Violence Workers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780520234468
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234468.003.0003
Reconstructing Atrocity

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This chapter explains the theoretical and methodological questions associated with the objective of this book to reconstruct social memory about atrocity. It examines whether different styles of human rights record keeping influence social memory about state violence, and whether social and research perception of atrocity workers influence how their violence is written about and remembered. The chapter also investigates whether the moral sensitivity of researchers to writing an ethnography of atrocity shapes what they write and what become the facts of public knowledge.

Keywords: social memory; atrocity; human rights; state violence; atrocity workers; moral sensitivity; researchers; public knowledge

Chapter.  4020 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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