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Jeffrey A. Sluka

The ethnography of state terror is “high risk” research and there are real personal dangers for anyone who conducts fieldwork on this issue. Managing such dangers has particularly become an issue for those conducting primary research with perpetrators of state terror—the “rank and file” who apply the electric cattle prods and pull the triggers—and all of the researchers I know who have taken this path have been threatened in one form or another. Th is article reviews the core literature and latest developments in managing the physical dangers inherent in the ethnography of political violence and state terror, particularly fieldwork or primary research with the actual perpetrators themselves, makes practical recommendations for managing such dangers, and presents some ideas for developing risk management plans or protocols for researcher survival in perilous field sites.

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Navigating the Politics of Anxiety

Moral Outrage, Responsiveness, and State Accountability in Denmark

Mette-Louise Johansen

perils of bureaucratic terror prevention as seen from the perspective of the employees. As I will show, the police and social workers are caught between irreconcilable demands in which wrong decisions are felt to have enormous potential consequences. On

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Democratization of Perpetration

Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and Memories of Resistance in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste

Amy Rothschild

This article examines the effects of human rights and transitional justice on memories of Timor-Leste’s resistance to the Indonesian occupation, which lasted from 1975 to 1999. Data comes from ethnographic fieldwork in Timor, centered around remembrance of two major acts of resistance: an armed uprising in 1983 and a peaceful demonstration in 1991. The article argues that in Timor, an “apolitical” human rights has caused a post-conflict “democratization of perpetration”, in that similar culpability is assigned to all those who caused suffering in the conflict with Indonesia through physical violence, irrespective of context. Transitional justice has thus expanded the category of perpetrator in Timor, to include some who legally used armed resistance against Indonesian rule. Studies of violence have belatedly turned toward examining perpetrators of state terror; this article examines how discourses of human rights and transitional justice shape perceptions of those who resist state terror with violence.

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Antonius C. G. M. Robben

resistance made way for terror, trauma, suffering, subjectivity, and resilience. The time has arrived for a new take on violence that can help us understand the revolutionary impact of technological innovations adopted by police, military, secret services

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The Generative Power of Political Emotions

Mette-Louise Johansen, Therese Sandrup and Nerina Weiss

, law, etc.) 1 The wars in the Middle East, state violence against civil society all over the world, neoliberal abandonment, and separatist violence and terror attacks are only a few current events that stir emotional reactions such as horror, anger, or

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The Many Layers of Moral Outrage

Kurdish Activists and Diaspora Politics

Nerina Weiss

/11, the EU, NATO, and several Western countries designated the PKK as a terror organization ( Mango 2005 ). The Turkish state has pertained heavy military and administrative presence in the eastern and southeastern regions of Turkey throughout the 2000s

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Ronald Stade

incapable of intentionally inflicting pain. A common manner of death for beasts of prey is to be devoured by predators. Predation, however, is more than a simple uptake of nutrition. For predatory mammals, “the prey’s terror and struggles to escape as it is

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Post-Conflict Dynamics in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Identities, Nationalization, and Missing Bodies

Katerina Seraïdari

, since some of them may become minor actors in the unfolding of history (as Jansen’s article shows) and others may maintain respectful interethnic contacts during and after the war (as Kolind argues). Tactics of terror are rational: implication in them or

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Danger, Moral Opacity, and Outrage

Fear of Jihadism and the Terrorist Threat in Southern Mali

Tone Sommerfelt

the political and ideological “framing” ( Butler 2009 ) of Islam in the contemporary war against terror. With reference to contexts of insecurity, threats of violence, and impending aggression, I argue that moral outrage emerges as justifiable, not

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Therese Sandrup

Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century , Marc Sageman (2008) presents the memoirs of Vera Zasulich, a Russian revolutionary woman trialed for attempted murder as far back as in 1878: Zasulich was morally outraged when she heard that