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Exhuming the defeated: Civil War mass graves in 21st-century Spain

American Ethnologist, 06-02-2013 | 13 febrero 2013

aenewArtículo de Francisco Ferrándiz




Article first published online: 6 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1111/amet.12004


Es un análisis sobre todo el proceso de exhumaciones desde el 2000, basado en dos excavaciones en los pueblos de Candeleda y Poyales.

The exhumations of two mass graves in a small Spanish village, conducted eight years apart, illustrate changing attitudes toward and procedures related to Civil War (1936–39) disinterments over the last decade. The sudden public visibility of skeletons of civilians executed by Francisco Franco’s paramilitary has triggered heated debates both about how to handle these remains in a consolidated democratic state and what to make of related judicial and institutional initiatives. I place the particularity of Spain’s “human rights outsourcing model” regarding Civil War crimes in comparative perspective within the framework of transnational human rights discourses and practices.


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