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What one sees and how one files seeing: reporting atrocity and suffering

Moon, Claire ORCID: 0000-0003-2884-7687 (2012) What one sees and how one files seeing: reporting atrocity and suffering. Sociology, 46 (5). pp. 876-890. ISSN 0038-0385

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0038038512451530


This article argues that the forms through which violence and atrocity are expressed - legal, statistical and testimonial - are important objects of analysis because credo is manifest in form, and an examination of form reveals something about the relationship between the 'world view' of human rights organizations and the 'styles of thought' that shape and inform their representations. The article considers what the discursive forms that seem indigenous to human rights and human rights advocacy both express (legalism, scientism) and repress (historicism), and discusses ways in which these forms of representation potentially facilitate and inhibit action.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
LSE Human Rights
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Research centres and groups > Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2012 08:29
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:47

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