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Human Remains and Identification

Mass Violence, Genocide and the 'Forensic Turn

in: Human Remains and Violence

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Abstract

Human Remains and Identification presents a pioneering investigation into the practices and methodologies used in the search for and exhumation of dead bodies resulting from mass violence. Previously absent from forensic debate, social scientists and historians here confront historical and contemporary exhumations with the application of social context to create an innovative and interdisciplinary dialogue, enlightening the political, social and legal aspects of mass crime and its aftermaths.

Through a ground-breaking selection of international case studies, Human Remains and Identification argues that the emergence of new technologies to facilitate the identification of dead bodies has led to a "forensic turn", normalising exhumations as a method of dealing with human remains en masse. However, are these exhumations always made for legitimate reasons?

Keywords

History, Human Remains, Ethics, Genocide, Violence, Identification, Exhumation

Languages

English

Publisher

Manchester University Press

ISBN

9780719097560, 9781526125019

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