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Claudia Merli and Trudi Buck

This article considers the contexts and processes of forensic identification in 2004 post-tsunami Thailand as examples of identity politics. The presence of international forensic teams as carriers of diverse technical expertise overlapped with bureaucratic procedures put in place by the Thai government. The negotiation of unified forensic protocols and the production of estimates of identified nationals straddle biopolitics and thanatocracy. The immense identification task testified on the one hand to an effort to bring individual bodies back to mourning families and national soils, and on the other hand to determining collective ethnic and national bodies, making sense out of an inexorable and disordered dissolution of corporeal as well as political boundaries. Individual and national identities were the subject of competing efforts to bring order to,the chaos, reaffirming the cogency of the body politic by mapping national boundaries abroad. The overwhelming forensic effort required by the exceptional circumstances also brought forward the socio-economic and ethnic disparities of the victims, whose post-mortem treatment and identification traced an indelible divide between us and them.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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Tracing relatedness and diversity in the Albanian–Montenegrin borderland
Jelena Tošić

reference to the historical border crossing is a brilliant way both to legitimate the ambiguity of ethno-national identity and stay in line with patrilineal ideology. Moreover, in the Paljević case, the ethno-national aspect of diversity is not only ambiguous, but is also superseded by other aspects of identity and social differentiation, primarily by the fact that the Paljević are successors to a famous and respected 94 Migrating borders and moving times 4.5 Beçir Tafa (centre), the Bajraktar of Tuzi, Montenegro (Ulqini 2003:82) family of Bajraktars. The title of the

in Migrating borders and moving times
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Crossing borders, changing times
Madeleine Hurd, Hastings Donnan, and Carolin Leutloff-Grandits

study of the treatment of the corpses of migrants who tried to cross the Aegean Sea, Kovras and Robins (Chapter 8) describe how dead or missing migrants are constituted as a singular legal, political and moral category. While alive, the migrant body is indissolubly tied to its original territory, and carries with it its distinctive national identity, its belonging and its illicit practices. Living, the undocumented migrant is abjected – without the right to have rights (Agamben 1998). At the same time, however, they must be managed, processed and decisions taken on

in Migrating borders and moving times
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Negotiating sovereign claims in Oaxacan post-mortem repatriation
Lars Ove Trans

. The relation between national identity and death, underscored by the consul, has been explored by Anderson (2006: 13), who points out that with the ebbing of religious modes of thought, the idea of nation provided a ‘secular transformation of fatality into continuity, contingency into meaning’. The meaning provided by the idea of nation to fatality is, as Anderson argues, captured in the public ceremonial reverence accorded to cenotaphs and tombs of Unknown Soldiers (2006: 9), which serves to reinforce the idea of heroic death and produce national heroes who gave

in Governing the dead
Contested narratives of the independence struggle in postconfl ict Timor-Leste
Henri Myrttinen

Yearnings in East Timor’, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 40(2): 385–408. Kent, L., 2011, ‘Local Memory Practices in East Timor: Disrupting Transitional Justice Narratives’, International Journal of Transitional Justice 5: 434–55. Leach, M., 2002, ‘Valorising the Resistance: National Identity and Collective Memory in East Timor’s Constitution’, Social Alternatives 21(3): 43–7. Leach, M., 2008, ‘Difficult Memories: The Independence Struggle as Cultural Heritage in East Timor’, in W. Logan and K. Reeves (eds), Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing with Difficult Memories, pp

in Governing the dead