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Unraveling Silence: Violence, Memory and the Limits of Anthropology's Craft

ALEJANDRO CASTILLEJO CUÉLLAR
Dialectical Anthropology
Vol. 29, No. 2 (2005), pp. 159-180
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29790734
Page Count: 22
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Unraveling Silence: Violence, Memory and the Limits of Anthropology's Craft
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Abstract

What are the ethical dilemmas that conducting anthropological on memory in South Africa poses to the student of violence? In the specific context of "victim support groups" in post-1994 South Africa, one of the most problematic issues relates to the interactions between "trauma experts" and "victims." In the view of many survivors, the violence of voicelessness, an issue to which there is a particular sensitivity in the country, is re-inscribed in their life through the specific intervention of social scientists. One of the effects of this interventions, which determines the limits and possibilities of any research on memory as it connects to violence, is a widespread reaction against experts, whose work, the production and dissemination of knowledge about trauma on the basis of other people's experiences, is often perceived by survivors as being part of a broader economy of subtraction where their "voices" have become commodities in a transnational network of prestige.

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