Introduction: approaching perpetrators

Erin Jessee

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Abstract

The rationale for this special section of Conflict and Society lies in anthropology’s relatively recent and steadily growing application to the study of political violence in its various manifestations, from everyday instances of subtle structural violence to more overt cases of war and mass atrocities. In the late 1990s, Carolyn Nordstrom’s (1997) work among soldiers and ordinary civilians whose lives had been intimately affected by Mozambique’s civil war and Antonius Robben’s (1996) work among survivors and perpetrators of Argentina’s Dirty War enabled an important shift among ethnographers. Whereas in the past ethnographers typically focused on violence and warfare in substate and prestate societies, Nordstrom and Robben emphasized the foundations of political violence in complex state societies. Their work led to the emergence of a small cohort of ethnographers—among them Philippe Bourgois (2003), Nancy Scheper-Hughes (1997, 2002), and Neil Whitehead (2002, 2004)—specialized in what was soon termed “the ethnography of political violence”
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-8
Number of pages5
JournalConflict and Society
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • perpetrators
  • ethnography
  • political violence
  • war
  • mass atrocities
  • ethnographers

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Approaching Perpetrators: Ethnographic Insights on Ethics, Methods, and Theory

Jessee, E.

1/04/131/06/15

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Approaching Perpetrators: Ethnographic Insights on Ethics, Methods, and Theory

Erin Jessee (Recipient), 1 Dec 2013

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