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The El Mozotet Massacre: Anthropology and Human Rights (Hegemony and Experience)

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The 1981 slaughter of more than a thousand civilians around El Mozote, El Salvador, by the country's U.S.-trained army was the largest massacre of the Salvadoran civil war. The story was covered—and soon forgotten—by the international news media. It was revived in 1993 only when the U.S. government was accused of covering up the incident. Such reportage, argues anthropologist Leigh Binford, sustains the perception that the lives of Third World people are only newsworthy when some great tragedy strikes. He critiques the practices of journalists and human rights organizations for their dehumanizing studies of "subjects" and "victims." Binford suggests that such accounts objectify the people involved through statistical analyses and bureaucratic body counts while the news media sensationalize the motives and personalities of the perpetrators. In relating the story of this tragic event, Binford restores a sense of history and social identity to the fallen people of this Salvadoran village. Drawing on interviews he conducted with El Mozote-area residents, he offers a rich ethnographic and personal account of their lives prior to the tragedy. He provides an overview of the history and culture of the area and tells how such a massacre could have happened, why it was covered up, and why it could happen again.

Synopsis:

In relating the story of this tragic event, Binford restores a sense of history and social identity to the fallen people of this Salvadoran village. Drawing on interviews he conducted with El Mozote--area residents, he offers a rich ethnographic and personal account of their lives prior to the tragedy. He provides an overview of the history and culture of the area and tells how such a massacre could have happened, why it was covered up, and why it could happen again.

About the Author

Leigh Binford is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Introduction: reducing cultural distance in human rights reporting — The massacre — The eye of the oligarchy — The U.S. cover-up — The nascent community of El Mozote — The politics of repression and survival in northern Morazâan — Investigation and judgment — Reformed military? — History and memory — An alternative anthropology: exercising the preferential option for the poor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816516629
Author:
Binford, Leigh
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
El salvador
Subject:
Massacres
Subject:
Ethnology -- El Salvador.
Subject:
El Mozote
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
El Salvador History 1979-1992.
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Studies
Subject:
World History-Central America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Hegemony and experience
Series Volume:
v. 1300
Publication Date:
19961031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
263
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Latin America » El Salvador
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History and Social Science » World History » Central America
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"Synopsis" by , In relating the story of this tragic event, Binford restores a sense of history and social identity to the fallen people of this Salvadoran village. Drawing on interviews he conducted with El Mozote--area residents, he offers a rich ethnographic and personal account of their lives prior to the tragedy. He provides an overview of the history and culture of the area and tells how such a massacre could have happened, why it was covered up, and why it could happen again.
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