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Memories and Violence

From post-apartheid South Africa to post-Pinochet Chile, there are various states and communities which all face the challenge of remembering the violence in their pasts whilst attempting to move on from these experiences. Memories and Violence investigates this challenge, examining how these societies deal with traumatic pasts and their consequences. It explores the traces left by the experiences of violence or human rights violations - such as those of World War II or the military dictatorship in Uruguay - and what languages of memory are made available as a result. It analyses the ways in which the meanings of the past are intertwined with culturally and socially informed ideas of victimhood, truth, justice, culpability, guilt and historical causality, as well as looking at the often uncomfortable realities of the relationship between tourism and remembrance. Dealing with examples from Africa and Latin America, this volume will appeal to researchers of the historical memory of violence, and those involved in the study of trauma, genocide and transitional justice.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction. Alejandro Castillejo-Cuellar Chapter 2: Fairness to Injustice: Precedent and Memory in the Construction of the Moral World. Burke Hendrix Chapter 3: The Theatrics of Terror: Bodies and the Spaces of War during South Africa's State of Emergency, 1985. Alejandro Castillejo-Cuellar Chapter 4: Journeys to (Un)dis/cover Silence: A Critique of the 'Word' in M. Nourbese Philip's Looking for Livingstone. Stacey J. Letterman Chapter 5: Is it Nothing to You? The Relationship Between Tourism and Rememberence. Geoffrey R. Bird and Kenneth Christie Chapter 6: Remembering the Dark Years (1964-1975) in Contemporary Zanzibar. Marie-Aude Fouere Chapter 7: Memories of Violence and Changing Landscapes of Impunity in Uruguay, 1985-2011. Francesca Lessa and Cara Levey Chapter 8: Those Who Have No Memorial: Contested Memories of a Pinochet Site of Conscience. Peter Read and Marivic Wyndham Chapter 9: The Time after the War: Notes on Historical Erasures and Post-Apartheid Pasts. Heidi Grunebaum

About the Author

Alejandro Castillejo-Cuellar is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. He is currently Rechtskulturen Fellow at Humboldt University School of Law in Berlin. He is the author of The Invisible Corner: Essays on Violence and Memory in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2009).

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