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Multiple Imaginations of the State: Understanding a Mobile Conflict of Justice and Accountability from the Perspective of Assyrian-Syriac Christians

Biner, Zerrin Özlem (2011) Multiple Imaginations of the State: Understanding a Mobile Conflict of Justice and Accountability from the Perspective of Assyrian-Syriac Christians. Citizenship Studies, 15 (4). pp. 367-379. ISSN 1362-1025. (doi:10.1080/13621025.2011.564789) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:84431)

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Abstract

This article examines how the struggle for the recognition of genocide in the twentieth century opens up a political space which, on the one hand, generates historical discourses and imaginaries about the categories of victim and perpetrator and, on the other hand, redefines relationships between the state and its minority citizens. Genocide becomes a ‘critical event’, in the sense of Veena Das, that citizens from different ethnic, social and religious backgrounds use to express their positions concerning the repressive state practices they have been victims of. This expression creates a collective space of solidarity where parties support each other by adopting similar strategies in the struggle for state accountability. At the same time, it opens up a space for negotiation among the state, minority citizens and migrant communities regarding claims to rights and justice.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13621025.2011.564789
Uncontrolled keywords: Assyrian–Syriac community, 1915 massacres, Sayfo, diaspora, politics of memory, justice
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Signature Themes: Migration and Movement
Depositing User: Zerrin Biner Arroyo-Kalin
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2020 07:05 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84431 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Biner, Zerrin Özlem: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0466-1423
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