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Claiming a Death

Health Inequality Lecture

Thursday, February 28, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : Gallery, 1st Floor

Social Sciences Forum

Health Inequality Lecture

Clara Han, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

“Claiming a Death: Rights, Small Activisms, and State Violence”

How are legal claims made by criminalized, low-income residents in the face of police brutality and death? In what way are state institutions interpenetrated by neighborhoods? This talk is based on fieldwork conducted in a low-income neighborhood under police occupation in Santiago, Chile. Focusing on a single case of police violence that resulted in the death of a young man, I describe how the Victims of Violent Crime unit within the municipality took up this case as a case of state violence, and how this unit’s actions with regard to the making of the legal case were interpenetrated by a politics within the neighborhood that sought to claim the deaths of young men as state violence. As such, the making of the legal case revealed and challenged the state’s boundary between the criminal and the political.


Reception to follow.

Sponsored by: Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Health Administration and Policy

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