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Deaths and politicised deaths in Buenos Aires’s refuse

The appearance of corpses in rubbish tips is not a recent phenomenon. In Argentina, tips have served not only as sites for the disposal of bodies but also as murder scenes. Many of these other bodies found in such places belong to individuals who have suffered violent deaths, which go on to become public issues, or else are ‘politicised deaths’. Focusing on two cases that have received differing degrees of social, political and media attention – Diego Duarte, a 15-year-old boy from a poor background who went waste-picking on an open dump and never came back, and Ángeles Rawson, a girl of 16 murdered in the middle-class neighbourhood of Colegiales, whose body was found in the same tip – this article deals with the social meanings of bodies that appear in landfills. In each case, there followed a series of events that placed a certain construction on the death – and, more importantly, the life – of the victim. Corpses, once recognised, become people, and through this process they are given new life. It is my contention that bodies in rubbish tips express – and configure – not only the limits of the social but also, in some cases, the limits of the human itself.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Corpse, bodypolitics and contestation in contemporary Guatemala

, architectural wealth and colourful clothing displayed against a nagging background of genocide and unresolved problems of poverty, abuse and generalised violence. Like other newcomers to the country, I was struck by homicide rates resembling the most violent years of the armed conflict, by rising incidents involving the killing of women and girls, and by the shocking brutality with which the killings often were carried out. Today violence and horror continue to haunt Guatemala as does a generalised climate of fear and impunity. Despite the tireless peace-work of thousands of

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communicated at the fairy-tale therapy class was that one’s favourite childhood story had a special bearing over one’s dispositions and behaviour later in life. As Īrisa explained, ‘through drawing these parallels, it turns out that a person’s entire life is like an extension, continuation or reflection of this fairy-tale character. Completely unconsciously’. Īrisa’s favourite fairy-tale from the years of her childhood in the post-war Latvia had been about a little girl and the Twelve Months. This is how she told it to me: The evil stepmother sends the little girl to pick

in Politics of waiting

’: examples include Boulogne Boys (PSG), Ultras Boys (Maccabi Haifa), Boys Roma and, even more simply, Boys at Inter. Many ultras groups draw on shared cultural symbols and performances that constantly reinvent tradition. The ‘ideal type’ of ultras brotherhood is full of honour, dignity, respect, unity, fraternity and sense of belonging to the collective that is associated with the football club. Yet these conventions can be adapted to be more inclusive. Rude Boys and Girls of Sampdoria added the inclusive suffix after meeting with German fans who suggested the change. The

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Deaths at sea and unidentified bodies in Lesbos

8 Missing migrants: deaths at sea and unidentified bodies in Lesbos Iosif Kovras and Simon Robins1 Migrant deaths at sea In March 2013, a body was found on the shores of Eressos, the village where Sappho the poetess was born, in the west of the island of Lesbos (Dimopoulou 2013). The young woman was the daughter of a Syrian family who had fled the Syrian conflict and sought asylum in the European Union (EU) by crossing the Aegean from Turkey. The girl’s mother and sister were also found dead on the same day on the shores of neighbouring villages. The two girls

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Time and space in family migrant networks between Kosovo and western Europe

, nearly every household had one or several mobile phones, a television, and – especially important – a computer with internet access. The latter enabled village youth to connect to global youth culture without themselves moving physically, unimpeded by polity borders. It helped generate and form images of the good life and of the future to which they aspired. Village youth used Facebook to create their own internal chat-forums, circumventing the village’s established age and gender barriers. Young people, especially young women and girls, began wearing ‘Western’ outfits

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Or how to make the Armenian corpses disappear

and girls from their parents. Cold weather and rain decimated especially those who had no tent; the lack of food did the rest. In this environment, ethical and moral standards are overthrown. Nonetheless, mothers often objected to these transactions, and would not always allow themselves to be convinced by the arguments of the buyers when the latter remarked that, in any case, the mothers would be going to their deaths, and so their child would be saved by being bought. Some mothers who had consented fell into madness or stupor soon after giving up their progeny

in Destruction and human remains

deployed as a strategy of participatory, decentralised self-management (Sharma 2008: 2). As Sharma suggests, the term’s very vagueness and celebratory tone, encompassing at once social change, self-esteem, participation, selfactualisation, voice and power, allow it not only to be reinvented and practised in different contexts but also to obfuscate certain ideological sub-currents that may appropriate it. Hickel (2014), in an examination of the ‘girl effect’ – the idea that investment by aid agencies and private business in the skills and labour of young women is the

in An ethnography of NGO practice in India

trader from Chernivtsi. On one such trip in 2008, Kostia mentioned a young woman, who had been travelling in Kostia’s minibus with her husband. When they reached the border, the customs official commented on the ‘pretty girl’ and Kostia encouraged the official to approach his minibus and inspect her more closely. The official did not speak to the young woman, but commented only to Kostia, who like many other drivers would seat younger women in the front of the minibus, whilst older women and men sat in the back. However, as with Zhenia’s description, there was also an

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Massacres, missing corpses, and silence in a Bosnian community

the area immediately around Boričevac and came across the destroyed houses of Serb peasants near the village of Kalati, which the local Ustašas had recently ransacked and burned after they had fled from Boričevac. Under the summer sun, the decomposing corpses of massacred women, children, and elderly lay inside the burned houses, and strewn throughout the yards and gardens.40 The methods of torture and mutilation prior to killing were clear to see on the corpses: the bodies of women and girls showed signs of their having been raped prior to killing; murdered

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