This article will investigate the process of confronting death in cases of the disappeared of the last military dictatorship in Argentina. Based on the exhumation and identification of the body of a disappeared person, the article will reflect on how the persons social situation can be reconfigured, causing structural changes within the family and other groups. This will be followed by a discussion of the reflections generated by the anthropologist during his or her interview process, as well as an investigation into the authors own experiences in the field. This intimate relationship between the anthropologist and death, through the inevitable contact that takes place among the bodies, causes resonances in the context both of exhumations and of identifications in the anthropologists wider fieldwork.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
From Ecouvillon to Lamantin (1958–1978)

6 Transfer of military power in Mauritania: from Ecouvillon to Lamantin (1958–1978)1 Camille Evrard Introduction ‘Ecouvillon’, ‘Ouragan’, ‘Cornue’, ‘Lamantin’ … all of these are names that recall the same reality: French military operations on Mauritanian soil between 1958 and 1978. These operations were all secret in nature, although for different reasons: low stakes for the metropole, an uncertain legal framework, unmentionable allies or, quite simply, classification as military secrets. Nonetheless, they weave into and are part of the story of the transfer

in Francophone Africa at fifty
The Schutztruppen and their leaders in East and South-West Africa, 1888–1918

The role of the military in German colonialism has, so far, received little attention; and even those works which do actually touch on the subject generally highlight only particular aspects. 1 Thus there is no broad and general analysis of the activities of the German military, nor of their far-reaching influence on the course of colonial development in the German

in Guardians of empire

In Early Modern Europe, the provision of military medical care was one of the many challenges caused by widespread and persistent warfare. During active conflict, warring parties established hospitals to care for personnel in army and naval service. According to Ole Peter Grell, the development of military hospital systems shows the significance that nation states attached to healthcare for their forces. 1 Moreover, Geoffrey Parker has referred to first-rate methods of medical treatment devised by the Spanish Army

in Early Modern Ireland and the world of medicine

, such technologies are tools that can either serve an ethical obligation that the military institution has towards its members or potentially increase the morality of warfare. However, as it is often said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and these considerations are not sufficient to assess the rightness of the use of these technologies, as it is also essential to understand their potential flaws from an

in A theory of the super soldier

MUP FINAL PROOF – <STAGE>, 08/19/2013, SPi 7 Political rights under a military rule Irreconcilable conceptualization? Citizenship, as a bundle of rights and as experience, is regarded in the political thought as a safeguard for the citizens against excesses by the state or by powerful groups (e.g. Marshall, 1950). Among these, political rights have been associated with highly esteemed notions such as the sovereignty of the people. However, what could the meaning of political rights be under a state of exception, where the basic rights, which enable citizens to

in Thorough surveillance

2 Military occupation in French frontier strategy In the context of foreign policy, Louis XIV viewed the defence of the kingdom as his most important duty; any loss of territory resulting from foreign aggression would have led to a significant diminution of the king’s gloire. At the time Louis assumed personal control of his government in 1661, there remained several weak points in the kingdom’s frontiers leaving it open to invasion, in particular from the Spanish Netherlands and on the border with the Holy Roman Empire in the north-east. As the reign progressed

in Absolute monarchy on the frontiers
An absence of trained nurses and basic resources

survey of military nursing from the time of Suleiman the Magnificent but makes no mention of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russo-Turk Wars until the war of 1877–78. The section for the Ottoman Empire in the Turkish government archives lists no entries for the Crimean War. Most of what we know about the Turkish medical department comes from the writings of two British observers, Rear Admiral Adolphus Slade and Dr Humphry Sandwith. Slade spent many years in Turkey: in 1849, retaining his rank in the Royal Navy, he entered the Ottoman service as administrative

in Beyond Nightingale

10 Sweden, military intervention and the loss of memory Annika Bergman Rosamond and Christine Agius Introduction Since the 1990s, Sweden has gradually changed from a neutral country to one that is ‘militarily non-aligned.’ It has taken active part in international peace operations under the command of NATO and the EU, and contributed forces to operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Libya. In 2015 Sweden also set aside resources to train Kurdish troops in Northern Iraq in the fight against ISIS (Dagens Nyheter 2015). At the 2014 NATO Summit in Warsaw, Sweden

in The politics of identity

The hidden human costs Chapter 9 The administration of military welfare in Kent, 1642–79 Hannah Worthen T he people of Kent experienced the British Civil Wars through local conflicts as well as national military action. Men departed the county to fight for Parliament and King and so left behind their families. Many of those who returned were disabled and unfit to work, and fighting inside and outside the county left women as widows and children as orphans. This chapter will highlight the response of the governments of the period to the need that this created

in Battle-scarred