Good Victims: The Political as a Feminist Question (Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations) (Paperback)

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Good Victims: The Political as a Feminist Question (Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations) (Paperback)

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As of 2023, over nine million Colombians have secured official recognition as victims of an armed conflict that has lasted decades. The category of "victim" is not a mere description of having suffered harm, but a political status and a potential site of power.

In Good Victims, Roxani Krystalli investigates the politics of victimhood as a feminist question. Based on in-depth engagement in Colombia over the course of a decade, Krystalli argues for the possibilities of politics through, rather than in opposition to, the status of "victim." Encompassing acts of care, agency, and haunting, the politics of victimhood entangle people who identify as victims, researchers, and transitional justice professionals. Krystalli shows how victimhood becomes a pillar of reimagining the state in the wake of war, and of bringing a vision of that state into being through bureaucratic encounters. Good Victims also sheds light on the ethical and methodological dilemmas that arise when contemplating the legacies of transitional justice mechanisms.
Roxani Krystalli is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of St Andrews. Her research and teaching focus on feminist peace and conflict studies, as well as on the politics of nature and place. Krystalli's work within and beyond the academy is aimed at understanding how people reimagine worlds in the wake of loss.

Product Details ISBN: 9780197764541
ISBN-10: 0197764541
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations