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How to Scale Factional Divisions in Conflict Situations

Finding Perpetrators and Switchboard Operators in Post-Authoritarian Argentina

Antonius C.G.M. Robben

In conducting fieldwork among perpetrators of state violence, it is a major methodological problem to gain access to competing factions within the research population. Ethnographers often succeed in finding access to at least one faction but this successful rapport might then immediately close off other factions that mistrust the ethnographer’s politics, intentions, or alleged sympathies. The ethnographic challenge is to find intermediaries or switchboard operators, as they are called in this article, who have established informal channels of communication between hostile factions. Switchboard operators have the following characteristics: discretion, neutrality, lack of formal power, disinterestedness, trustworthiness, and they act as a conduit of communication. This article describes how switchboard operators were located in Argentina, and how they played a crucial role in my fieldwork among a broad spectrum of military perpetrators who had terrorized the Argentine people between 1976 and 1983 with enforced disappearances and state repression.

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Menachem Begin’s World Travels in the 1950s

A Road to Political Legitimacy

Ofira Gruweis-Kovalsky

Mermelstein published notices in a Yiddish newspaper calling for the reinterment of Jabotinsky in Israel. Please advise as to the status of this matter and the appropriate response.” 18 Begin’s repeated trips to France and his close rapport with the leaders of

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Navigating the Politics of Anxiety

Moral Outrage, Responsiveness, and State Accountability in Denmark

Mette-Louise Johansen

seeks to understand the actual practices, negotiations, and ethical decision-making in which state officials engage while navigating complex systems (Gren and Weiss forthcoming; Rapport 2009 , 2017 ; Vohnsen 2016 , 2017 ). The literature emphasizes

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Meike J. de Goede

Rendu 2–3 April.” 10 ANOM, 5D88, 2 April 1930, “Jugement No II.” 11 All names from interviews conducted in Congo-Brazzaville by the author are pseudonyms. 12 ANOM, 5D203, 6 March 1948, “Rapport sur l’Association Amicale,” 10. 13 ANOM, 5D127, 15 June 1933

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Understanding Experiences and Decisions in Situations of Enduring Hardship in Africa

Mirjam de Bruijn and Jonna Both

” Current Anthropology 56 ( 11 ): 3 – 14 . 10.1086/682353 Das , Veena . 2007 . Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary . Berkeley : University of California Press . de Brazza , Pierre Savorgnan . 2014 . Le rapport Brazza

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Bonee and Fitina

Mbororo Nomads Facing and Adapting to Conflict in Central Africa

Adamou Amadou

refugees in Cameroon]. Rapport d’étude, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères. Yaoundé Paris : HCR/SCAC/IRD . Seignobos , Christian . 2011 . “ Le phénomène Zargina dans le nord du Cameroun: Coupeurs de route et prises d’otages, la crise des sociétés

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Co-constituting Bodyguarding Practice through Embodied Reflexivity

Methodological Reflections from the Field

Paul Higate

number of competing social demands that come into sharp focus in the ethnographic context. These include, but are not limited to, the ability to nurture particular kinds of relationships with participants—or rapport—conducive to addressing the central

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Corinna Mullin and Ian Patel

. International Crisis Group . 2016 . “ Tunisie: justice transitionnelle et lutte contre la corruption .” [ Tunisia: transitional justice and the fight against corruption ] ICG Rapport Moyen-Orient/Afrique du Nord , N. 168, 3 . May . http

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Guarding the Body

Private Security Work in Rio de Janeiro

Erika Robb Larkins

“natural” interpretations of my white body. This was necessary so that I did not present myself as a good target for assault on the train or bus and because I knew it would be harder to establish rapport if I appeared elitist. In order to work against that

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Between Labor Migration and Forced Displacement

Wartime Mobilities in the Burkina Faso–Côte d’Ivoire Transnational Space

Jesper Bjarnesen

. Navigating Terrains of War: Youth and Soldiering in Guinea-Bissau . New York : Berghahn Journals . Zongo , Mahamadou . 2003 . “ La diaspora burkinabé en Côte d’Ivoire: trajectoire historique, recomposition des dynamiques migratoires et rapport avec le