publication . Article . 2013

The Detained-Disappeared: Civilizational Catastrophe, the Collapse of Identity and Language

Gabriel Gatti;
Open Access English
  • Published: 28 Nov 2013
  • Publisher: Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade de Coimbra
This article proposes the concept of catastrophe as a starting point for the construction of appropriate representation strategies for phenomena of extreme social violence, exploring the case of the forced disappearance of individuals in Argentina and Uruguay. The analysis begins with a paradox: this process represents the culmination of policies for the construction and management of the population in post-colonial America, and is simultaneously applicable to the most completely formed products of this policy, namely individual citizens. Due to this paradox, the forced disappearance of individuals implies unsolvable problems in terms of interpreting the charact...
free text keywords: Argentina, catastrophe, civilization, disappeared, identity, representation, state terrorism, Uruguay, social violence
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