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Author: Chris Gill

Title: Wresting Memory from the Violence of the Present

Subtitle: Rape, Martyrdom, and Double Narrative in Paul Friedrich's Agrarian Revolt in a Mexican Village

Journal: Journal of Historical Sociology

Volume: 6

Issue: 4

Year: December 1993 (Published online: October 27, 2006)

Pages: 430-454

ISSN: 0952-1909 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1467-6443 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: Mexican History | Representations: Metaphor


Link: Wiley Online Library (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »Postmodernist critiques of ethnographic method tend to reduce research and writing to only writing and erase the traces of the researcher's field experience that may appear in a text. Such critiques confer more power on the ethnographer or oral historian than he or she possesses. Researchers invariably maneuver within political contexts to obtain knowledge and the intersubjective interaction between scholar and subject creates both silences and visibilities in the final text. In 'Agrarian Revolt' Paul Friedrich constructed a revolutionary countermemory against his own hidden master narrative of opportunism, betrayal, and political violence. Yet partly due to his interaction with members of the competing political clans, he replicated in his countermemory the crucial premises of the ruling clan's ideology: the doctrine of genealogical unity and its correlates of blood descent and female purity.« (Source: Journal of Historical Sociology)


  Introduction (p. 430)
  June 1955: The Birth of Master and Counter-Narratives (p. 434)
  The Ethnographic Present of 1885 and the Rape of the Ejido (p. 436)
  The Premises of Personhood and the Possibilities of Intersubjectivity (p. 439)
  Kinship, Ejidal Patrimony, and the Control of Reproduction (p. 442)
Political Violence, Martyrdom (and Betrayal?) (p. 445)
  Notes (p. 447)

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