Pursuing the Perpetual Conflict: Ethnographic Reflections on the Persistent Role of the ‘Terrorist Threat’ in Contemporary Peru

Dietrich, Martha-Cecilia (2019). Pursuing the Perpetual Conflict: Ethnographic Reflections on the Persistent Role of the ‘Terrorist Threat’ in Contemporary Peru. History & memory, 31(1), pp. 59-86. Indiana University Press 10.2979/histmemo.31.1.04

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The question of how to remember twenty years of insurgency and state violence during the internal armed conflict (1980–2000) continues to polarize the social and political landscape of Peru. Dominant narratives of victims and perpetrators effectively silence more ambiguous and complicated memories. In this article I examine memories of the conflict that have been relegated to the margins of public discourse. Memories that tell stories of victims as perpetrators and perpetrators as victims are “placeless” because they upset a post-conflict order that is constituted by a form of civil contract through which mutual opponents coexist with each other without having to confront a conflicted past. I argue that in order to maintain a status quo, polarization is not merely a byproduct but a condition.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Dietrich, Martha-Cecilia

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0935-560X

Publisher:

Indiana University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lisa Alvarado Grefa

Date Deposited:

08 Mar 2019 15:20

Last Modified:

20 Sep 2020 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.2979/histmemo.31.1.04

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.123247

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/123247

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