Cover

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

This book is the first collection of ethnographic case studies focused specifically on the anthropology of state terror. It is a positive response to Linda Green's observation that "Overwhelming empirical evidence demonstrates that state violence has been standard operating procedure in numerous contemporary societies where anthropologists have conducted...

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Introduction: State Terror and Anthropology

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pp. 1-45

This chapter provides an introduction to the general topic of state terror, an overview of contemporary anthropological approaches to this subject, and the outlines of an anthropological theory of state terror, representing an attempt to begin to not only describe but also explain the immense problem of state terror in the world today...

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1. A Fictional Reality: Paramilitary Death Squads and the Construction of State Terror in Spain

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pp. 46-69

State violence, especially the kind that circumambulates the law, that transgresses the law from within (questioning thus the hegemonic discourse of the state as public interest), that violence that materializes frequently in the assassinations of death squads, the torture of detainees, the disappearance of victims, and other like technologies of terror...

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2. Trials by Fire: Dynamics of Terror in Punjab and Kashmir

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pp. 70-90

Two regions in the northwestern part of India have been the sites of major insurgencies over the past decade and a half. Punjab has faced an uprising by Sikh separatists aiming for the establishment of a sovereign state called Khalistan, and Kashmir a similar uprising by Muslims intent on either accession to Pakistan or an independent Kashmiri state...

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3. State Terror in the Netherworld: Disappearance and Reburial in Argentina

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pp. 91-113

The funeral procession advanced slowly through the Jewish cemetery of La Tablada, a town on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The old rabbi, together with the father of the deceased and four escorts, pulled the iron cart with its coffin in measured paces to each new crossroad. A halt. A glance to the left. A glance to the right. The front wheel of the bier spun round and round its axis...

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4. The Homogenizing Effects of State-Sponsored Terrorism: The Case of Guatemala

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pp. 114-126

Conflicting yet perhaps complementary ethnographic literature has been generated regarding the nature of community and organizational responses to threats to the right to life in Guatemala. In pursuing such a line of investigation, I conducted participatory action research (see Whyte et al. 1991) with Guatemalan "popular" movement organizations in the early 1900s...

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5. "For God and Ulster": The Culture of Terror and Loyalist Death Squads in Northern Ireland

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pp. 127-157

This chapter addresses one important aspect of the culture of British state terror in Northern Ireland —Loyalist death squad attacks against the Catholic-Nationalist minority1 — and is an attempt to write against terror through a critical "new anthropology" combining perspectives from progressive streams in the discipline. These include action (see van Willigen 1993:57-75)

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6. Ninjas, Nanggalas, Monuments, and Mossad Manuals: An Anthropology of Indonesian State Terror in East Timor

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pp. 158-188

During the past two decades, the Indonesian state has employed a five pronged strategy of state terror to subjugate the population of East Timor. This strategy consists of a combination of five tactics, some of which have been applied simultaneously. The first tactic is physical terror, ranging from mass killings, which took place most horribly during the first decade...

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7. Murdered or Martyred? Popular Evaluations of Violent Death in the Muslim Separatist Movement in the Philippines

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pp. 189-203

Two emphases are discernible in recent approaches to the anthropology of terror. On the one hand there maybe found studies of the semantics of political violence focused on those who trade in terror and the gruesomely explicit messages they send and receive through the media of bombings, assassinations, detentions, and torture (see, for example, Feldman 1991; Suarez-Orozco 1992; Zulaika 1988)...

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8. Parents and Their Children in Situations of Terror: Disappearances and Special Police Activity in Punjab

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pp. 204-225

In 1984 Indian government forces attacked the precincts of the Darba Sahib (Golden Temple) complex causing immense loss of human life and damage to the buildings therein. Code-named Operation Bluestar, this attack had been planned for some months beforehand and was timed for an important day in the Sikh calendar when thousands of pilgrims would be expected...

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Conclusion: Death Squads and Wider Complicities: Dilemmas for the Anthropology of Violence

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pp. 226-248

Given that by United Nations mandate states are endowed with sovereignty and, thus, legitimately exercise coercion on many fronts (Falk 1997), scholars are confronted with decisive choices in the study of state violence. State terrorism and death squads — the subject of this collection of essays —can be envisioned as aberrations (arising from fascist, totalitarian, and authoritarian regimes)...

List of Contributors

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pp. 249-250

Index

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pp. 251-260