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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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From the Throes of Anguished Mourning

Shi‘i Ritual Lamentation and the Pious Publics of Lebanon

Fouad Gehad Marei

Rapport , 99 – 118 . London : Routledge . Collins , Randall . 2004 . Interaction Ritual Chains . Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press . 10.1515/9781400851744 Connolly , William E . 1999 . Why I Am Not a Secularist . Minneapolis

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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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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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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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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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The Death Throes of Sacrificed Chicken

Triggering Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action in Togo

Marie Daugey

.1525/can.1999.14.4.505 Colleyn , Jean-Paul . 1987 . “ Objets forts et rapports sociaux: Le cas des Yapere Minyanka” [Powerful objects and social relations: The Minyanka Yapèrè] . Systèmes de Pensée en Afrique Noire 8 : 221 – 262 . Dacher , Michèle

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"Our Future Is Already in Jeopardy"

Duress and the Palimpsest of Violence of Two CAR Student Refugees in the DRC

Maria Catherina Wilson Janssens

] . Paris : Editions L’Harmattan . Bouju , Jacky , and Mirjam de Bruijn . 2008 . “ Violences structurelles et violences systémiques: La violence des rapports sociaux en Afrique” [Structural violence and systemic violence: The violence of social