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Human Remains and Identification: Mass violence, genocide, and the 'forensic turn'

Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus


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 ar ... More

Keywords: Forensics, Postmortem, Exhumation, Mass graves, History, Anthropology, Social sciences, Reinternment, Massacres

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719097560
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Élisabeth Anstett, editor
European Research Council

Jean-Marc Dreyfus, editor