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Don Fairservice

. Méliès made at least one very similar film in 1909, called The Mysterious Portrait , it shows Méliès himself sitting to one side of a large picture frame which is empty apart from a black background. His gestures produce a life-size portrait of himself which gradually comes into focus. It then animates, allowing the two Méliès to engage in delighted confrontation: a moving picture in which identification could not be more

in Film editing: history, theory and practice
David Ranc

1 Understanding partisan identification Sociology has largely provided the main paradigms that still frame most social science studies on sport and the understanding of partisanship: the critical, functionalist, figurational and interpretative approaches. These four approaches provide different answers to the central question: what prompts a partisan identification? Thorough research on the means of identification has only been conducted within the figurational and interpretative frameworks. The empirical relevance of some aspects of these theories has been

in Foreign players and football supporters
Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa
Nicky Rousseau

8 Identification, politics, disciplines: missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa1 Nicky Rousseau Locating, exhuming, and identifying human remains associated with mass violence and genocide has come to occupy an impor­tant place in the panoply of transitional justice measures. Although such work cuts across the core transitional justice issues of justice, reparation and truth-telling, it has received surprisingly little critical attention from within the transitional justice field.2 Existing studies, with some exception, can be characterized by

in Human remains and identification
How African-Americans shape their collective identity through consumption
Virág Molnár
Michèle Lamont

7 Social categorisation and group identification: how African-Americans shape their collective identity through consumption Virág Molnár and Michèle Lamont This chapter analyses how a low-status group, black Americans, use consumption to express and transform their collective identity and acquire social membership, i.e. to signify and claim that they are full and equal members in their society. More broadly, we analyse the twin processes by which this group uses consumption to affirm for themselves their full citizenship and have others recognise them as such

in Innovation by demand
Laura Panizo

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
Difficulties and challenges for the forensic medical system in Mexico
Isabel Beltrán-Gil
María Alexandra Lopez-Cerquera
Linda Guadalupe Reyes Muñoz
Sandra Ivette Sedano Rios
Nuvia Montserrat Maestro Martínez
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Diana Newberry Franco

As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, in 2020 forensic institutions in Mexico began using extreme measures in the treatment of bodies of confirmed or suspected cases, due to possible infection. A series of national protocols on how to deal with the virus were announced, yet forensic personnel have struggled to apply these, demonstrating the country’s forensics crisis. This article aims to reflect on two points: (1) the impact that COVID-19 protocols have had on how bodies confirmed as or suspected of being infected with the virus are handled in the forensic medical system; and (2) the particular treatment in cases where the body of the victim is unidentified, and the different effects the pandemic has had in terms of the relationship between the institutional environment and the family members of those who have died as a result of infection, or suspected infection, from COVID-19.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Mass violence, genocide, and the ‘forensic turn’

Human remains and identification presents a pioneering investigation into the practices and methodologies used in the search for and exhumation of dead bodies resulting from mass violence. Previously absent from forensic debate, social scientists and historians here confront historical and contemporary exhumations with the application of social context to create an innovative and interdisciplinary dialogue, enlightening the political, social and legal aspects of mass crime and its aftermaths. Through a ground-breaking selection of international case studies, Human remains and identification argues that the emergence of new technologies to facilitate the identification of dead bodies has led to a “forensic turn”, normalising exhumations as a method of dealing with human remains en masse. However, are these exhumations always made for legitimate reasons? Multidisciplinary in scope, the book will appeal to readers interested in understanding this crucial phase of mass violence’s aftermath, including researchers in history, anthropology, sociology, forensic science, law, politics and modern warfare.

Kamilla Elliott

This chapter examines various ways in which first-wave British Gothic fiction ties matriarchal picture identification to bourgeois ideology to delimit, undermine and reform aristocratic ideology. Addressing numerous Gothic texts, it attends particularly to Eleanor Sleath’s The Orphan of the Rhine (1796), and Louisa Sidney Stanhope’s The Confessional of Valombre

in Gothic kinship
Anne Ring Petersen

5 Identification, disidentification and the imaginative reconfiguration of identity With respect to identities in flux, art can be an instrument of orientation and positioning oneself in the world. Thanks to its ability to negotiate contradictions and encompass double articulations, tensions and complexities, art can chart how identifications may shift continually and dynamically as one navigates across countries and cultures. In this chapter, I wish to approach this thematic through close readings of works by the London-based Nigerian expatriate Yinka

in Migration into art
David Ranc

2 Researching partisan identification Hypotheses and framework of analysis The condemnation, by football authorities (FIFA, UEFA), of the increase in the number of foreign football players rests on a few understated assumptions that deserve investigation. When it comes to clubs, it is assumed that they represent a national identity. When it comes to supporters, it is assumed that they identify with the club they support because they share the nationality of its players and that other grounds for identification play a more minor role. The framework of analysis

in Foreign players and football supporters