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Suhad Daher-Nashif

This article aims to shed light on the post-mortem practices for Palestinian dead bodies when there is suspicion of human rights violations by Israeli military forces. By focusing on the case of Omran Abu Hamdieh from Al-Khalil (Hebron), the article explores the interactions between Palestinian social-institutional agents, Israeli military forces and international medico-legal agents. Drawing on ethnographic and archival data, the article explores how the intersectionality between the various controlling powers is inscribed over the Palestinian dead bodies and structures their death rites. The article claims that inviting foreign medico-legal experts in the Palestinian context could reveal the true death story and the human rights violations, but also reaffirms the sovereignty of the Israeli military forces over the Palestinian dead and lived bodies.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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Lorenzo Ferrarini and Nicola Scaldaferri

considered examples of what Kun has called an ‘audiotopia’, that is, ‘small, momentary, lived utopias built, imagined, and sustained through sound, noise, and music’ ( 2005 : 21). With this book we want to underline that an attention to sound-making, recording and listening practices can bring innovative contributions to the ethnography of an area that has already been the setting for a number of researches from different eras and approaches. From the anthropology of sound we draw the fundamental premise that in a soundscape both resonate and are shaped social practices

in Sonic ethnography
The status of bodies in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide
Anne Yvonne Guillou

century, which both left behind traces of blood and tears in (virtually) the same places. These traces can be read in built structures, the discourse and stories surrounding them, and the social practices linked to them. Much as an archaeologist would, I observed how these sites had come through the intervening time, in particular the years of the American war and the Khmer Rouge regime. For instance, a canal dug using forced labour under the Democratic Kampuchean regime ‘violently’ cuts through the sanctuary of Grandfather Khleang Mueng, a monumental statue of the

in Human remains and mass violence
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The daily work of Erich Muhsfeldt, chief of the crematorium at Majdanek concentration and extermination camp, 1942–44
Elissa Mailänder

its protagonists and social dynamics, that deserves our attention in all its complexity and presumed normalcy, for it points us towards the social practices of concentration camp supervisory staff, the ambiguity of their actions, and the production and organization of social norms. For this purpose, an everyday historical approach is useful because it no longer focuses on the elites,10 but rather on the everyday work of ‘normal’ perpetrators in terms of a history of experience. In our case this group is the subordinate SS staff 11 of the Majdanek concentration and

in Destruction and human remains
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Finn Stepputat

, the past decade or two have seen a developing interest in dead bodies and human remains as objects of political analysis. How death and dead bodies are dealt with is far from a homogenous, uncontested field of social practice, as the literature of the 1980s could lead us to believe (Lomnitz 2005). As Lomnitz argues, death relates to deep issues of power. Thus a political study of death will have to take into account contradictions between friends and enemies, citizens and their others, or the ‘particular and species-general points of view’ (Lomnitz 2005: 17). This

in Governing the dead
Ideology, physical destruction, and memory
Rémi Korman

rye zakwirwamo akabona kwemererwa kuba umuyoboke w’iryo shya’ (‘When someone asked for a CDR membership card, they would stick two fingers into each of his nostrils and, if they went in, he would be accepted as a member of the party’). It should be noted that a certain degree of humour surrounds these questions, of a type similar to kinship jokes. Kinship jokes, a classic object of anthropological study, are social practices which allow members of a family, or of different clans or peoples, to mock one another without causing offence. Few studies have been devoted

in Destruction and human remains
José López Mazz

Uruguayan dictatorship (1973–84) one must take into account its different antecedents, which contributed to the political violence that took place in the River Plate region The military dictatorship in Uruguay   85 in the second half of the twentieth century and further developed its particular characteristics. Violent social practices in this region have an ancient cultural significance, and they brought their own rhythm to the area’s long-term historical processes. Acts of genocide, mass graves, clandestine grave sites, and the destruction of bodies form part of a

in Human remains and identification
Towards atypology of the treatment of corpses of ‘disappeared detainees’ in Argentinafrom 1975 to 1983
Mario Ranalletti

30 31 32 33 34 DHR.indb 170 tareas de inteligencia: estudio de caso a partir de los reglamentos del Ejército argentino (1968–1976)’, paper presented at the Second International Meeting ‘Análisis de las Prácticas Sociales Genocidas’ (‘Analysis of Social Practices in Genocide’), Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, 20–22 November 2007. On 25 May 1973, after more than seventeen years of its proscription, the Peronist movement returned to government following the 11 March 1973 elections. This was seen as a defeat for the military and its

in Destruction and human remains
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Tracing relatedness and diversity in the Albanian–Montenegrin borderland
Jelena Tošić

dynamics of the Ottoman–Montenegrin border that contributed to shifting identities, boundaries and allegiances among the local population. Local people found themselves Travelling genealogies 83 between the ‘soft’ margins of Ottoman rule on the one hand and, on the other, the political strategies of the Montenegrin rulers whose goal was to shift the border in their favour. Hence repeated border crossings, conversion to Islam or intermarriage were common social practices in the Montenegrin–Ottoman borderland. After having been marked – although still permeable and

in Migrating borders and moving times
Zaira Lofranco

)political borders reshaped by daily interaction in two Sarajevan neighbourhoods do not appear as clear-cut lines between past, present and future configuration of territory and power, values and identity affiliations. Through social practice borders are negotiated in the geographical and historical space of apartment blocks where different systems meet, linger, melt and change. The reconfiguration of borders and the relocation of people around them expressed through the changing practices of neighbourliness give rise to a ceaseless remaking of socio-cultural categories to

in Migrating borders and moving times