Deposing Atrocity and Managing Secrecy

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:
Deposing Atrocity and Managing Secrecy

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This chapter illustrates how secrecy simultaneously structured violence workers' disclosures about atrocity and shaped interviewers' understanding and subsequent presentation of their violence. It explains that the violence workers utilized entrusted disclosures of information to structure the interviewer's understanding of their testimony. The chapter suggests that documenting atrocity creates an interactive and self-reinforcing relationship between interviewer and interviewee that produces a jointly constructed memory.

Keywords: secrecy; violence workers; atrocity; disclosures of information; self-reinforcing relationship; constructed memory

Chapter.  7172 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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