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

of 108,000 people, the majority of them unarmed civilians (CAVR 2005). The complex politics of remembrance has led to competing readings of the nation and the struggle. Whereas others have done an excellent job exploring complexities between national, NGO and personal-level narratives (Harris-Rimmer 2010; Kent 2011; Sakti 2012) I will focus on alternative narratives of the nation and the independence struggle as articulated through the dead by the state, non-state actors and individuals. The three processes I will focus on are the ways in which the nation is

in Governing the dead
Corpse, bodypolitics and contestation in contemporary Guatemala
Ninna Nyberg Sørensen

be reductionist to interpret the killing and mutilation of female bodies as crimes based in hatred to women if those dominating the scene are not the victims but rather men who are bonding in a patriarchal regime of a Mafioso order. In the Guatemalan case, struggles over sovereignty simultaneously lead to alliances and contestation between the state and criminal state and non-state actors. Alliances are formed when organised criminal networks infiltrate the state apparatus and (some) state representatives join forces with criminal networks (illegal groups and

in Governing the dead