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Destruction and human remains: Disposal and concealment in genocide and mass violence

Anstett Élisabeth and Dreyfus Jean-Marc


Destruction and human remains investigates a crucial question frequently neglected from academic debate in the fields of mass violence and Genocide Studies: what is done to the bodies of the victims after they are killed? Indeed, in the context of mass violence and genocide, death does not constitute the end of the executors' work. Following the abuses carried out by the latter, their victims' remains are treated and manipulated in very particular ways, amounting in some cases to social engineering. The book explores this phase of destruction, whether by disposal, concealment or complete annih ... More

Keywords: Genocide, mass violence, exhumation, disposal, concealment, human remains, Holocaust, Extermination, Rwanda, Armenia, Argentina, necropolitics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719096020
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anstett Élisabeth, editor
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Dreyfus Jean-Marc, editor
University of Manchester