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The Continuum of Violence in Post-war Guatemala

Beatriz Manz

In the 1980s, Guatemala's state-sponsored violence reached genocidal proportions and led to community ruptures, endemic fear, deepened distrust, and unprecedented levels of daily violence that have continued into the post-war period. Tragically, the war's resolution has not ended the country's volatility and insecurity. Reconciliation is challenging and requires a much deeper structural overhaul. It is problematical for a society that has been created on a rigid, ethnic-based, and highly divisive foundation now to take steps toward reclaiming a non-existent pre-war period of concord. An inclusive and just society, which respects the fundamental human rights of all, is essential yet sorely lacking. Moving in this direction is hindered by the historic impunity enjoyed by the military and the powerful, as well as a dysfunctional judicial system in need of reform.

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Ethnographic Engagement with Bureaucratic Violence

Erin R. Eldridge and Amanda J. Reinke

multilateral and dynamic bureaucratic infrastructures that exact this continuum of violence on populations in a variety of geographic contexts while also closely examining bureaucrats and the individuals affected by their daily decision-making. Recognizing

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Perspectives from the Ground

Colonial Bureaucratic Violence, Identity, and Transitional Justice in Canada

Jaymelee J. Kim

as colonial bureaucratic violence within Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Philippe Bourgois’s continuum of violence ( Scheper-Hughes 2002 ; Scheper-Hughes and Bourgois 2004a , 2004b ). Within this framework, violence ranges from everyday violence to acts of

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Anthropology and Law in Latin America

Towards Transformative Collaborations?

Rachel Sieder

As a researcher working within the field of collaborative or ‘engaged’ legal and political anthropology in Latin America, law does very much shape my research agenda and that of most of my colleagues. I would also contend that anthropology does impact law throughout the region, although to a much lesser extent. This is most evident in the legalisation, judicialisation and juridification of indigenous peoples’ collective rights to autonomy and territory in recent decades. Yet, the influence of anthropology on legal adjudication in the region is not only limited to issues pertaining to indigenous peoples: engaged applied ethnographic research is playing an increasingly important role in revealing to legal practitioners and courts the effects of human rights violations in specific contexts, and victims’ perceptions of the continuums of violence to which they are subjected.

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The Bureaucratic Violence of Alternative Justice

Amanda J. Reinke

. Restorative Justice and the Continuum of Violence For many practitioners, RJ in the United States thus exists as a practical and tangible critique and protest of the violence embedded within the legal system. The multifaceted, interdependent, and long

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Placing Wellbeing

Anthropological Perspectives on Wellbeing and Place

Emilia Ferraro and Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti

relies on the extraction of natural resources. This context has been experienced as a continuum of violence that is destructive to the socio-natural relations with other-than-human beings through which Ashaninka people pursue kametsa asaiki . Sarmiento

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“Paradas” and “Arrechas”

Disrupted Femininities and Gender Arrangements within Bucaramanga's Gangs (Colombia)

Karen Nathalia Cerón Steevens, Mariana Camacho-Muñoz, and Cristian Linares Gómez

continuum of violence, to various types of violence of different intensities that manifest themselves in various spheres ( Bejarano 2014 ). In this sense, they are vulnerable to several kinds of violence, which to some extent are normalized or justified

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Applied Anthropology in Juridical Grey Spaces

Amanda J. Reinke

needs ( Reinke 2016 ). Informal justice practitioners work against entrenched continuums of violence within the legal system to champion justice for their clients. Formal law and its practitioners simultaneously leverage informal justice practices and

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“Coaching” Queer

Hospitality and the Categorical Imperative of LGBTQ Asylum Seeking in Lebanon and Turkey

Aydan Greatrick

in interview waiting rooms and outside official buildings ( Kivilcim 2017 ). Similarly, in Lebanon, queer refugees are exposed to what Henri Myrttinen and colleagues define as a “continuum of violence” (2017: 66). Faced with a high degree of

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“What about Last Time?”

Exploring Potentiality in Danish Young Women's Violent Conflicts

Ann-Karina Henriksen

violence as a “continuum of violence” ( Scheper-Hughes and Bourgois 2004: 1 ), not reduced to physical violence or singular events, but viewed, rather, as social processes imbued with meaning and life-altering potential. From a sociological perspective