Schindel, Estela & Gabriel Gatti (eds.)

Social Disappearance: Explorations Between Latin America and Eastern Europe

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New forms of precarious existence that affect an increasing number of people around the globe point to a shift in the deployment of dispossession and violence. In their specific geographic and historical contexts, these life-worlds reveal similar patterns in terms of social invisibility and abandonment by the state. The contributions gathered in this volume discuss this development through the category of social disappearance in a series of case studies drawn from Latin America and Europe. The result is a transregional conversation across South-North and East-West divides.

Estela Schindel is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

Gabriel Gatti is a Professor of Sociology at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain.

This publication is a result of the confluence between three institutional and intellectual impulses: the research project “Disappeared/Desapariciones. A Transnational Study of a Category for Managing, Inhabiting, and Analyzing Social Catastrophe and Loss”, directed by Gabriel Gatti at the University of the Basque Country, Estela Schindel’s own research and academic activities at the Viadrina Institute for European Studies (IFES) in Frankfurt (Oder) and IFES’ agenda of including transregional and global entanglements into the field of European studies, as well as the Explorative Workshop “Social Disappearance: Explorations Around a Travelling Concept from Latin America to Eastern Europe” that was held at the Forum, February 7th and 8th, 2019.

The contributions gathered in the second part of this volume are based on the impulse papers discussed during the meeting and present a diverse array of case studies across Latin America and Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe. The essays included in the first part of the book offer a conceptual framing for the conversation. 

Pages: 229

With contributions by: Juan Pablo Aranguren, Manuela Boatca, Nicola Burns, Zuzanna Dziuban, Karolnia Follis, Luca Follis, Gabriel Gatti, Laura Huttunen, Ignacio Irazuzta, Pawel Lewicki, Maria Martínez, Anna Matyska, Oksana Mikheieva and Estela Schindel


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