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Author: Kimberly Theidon

Title: Intimate Enemies

Subtitle: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru

Place: Philadelphia

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

Year: 2013

Pages: 488pp.

Series: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights

ISBN-13: 9780812244502 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780812223262 (paper) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780812206616 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: Peruvian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Internal Conflict in Peru



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Author: Kimberly Theidon, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts UniversityAuthor's Personal Website


  Preface: Ayacucho, 1997 (p. ix)
  Part I. The Difficult Time
  1 "Ayacucho Is the Cradle" (p. 3)
  2 Sensuous Psychologies (p. 24)
  3 Being Human (p. 54)
  4 Fluid Fundamentalisms (p. 67)
  Part II. Common Sense, Gender, and War
  5 Speaking of Silences (p. 103)
  6 The Widows (p. 143)
  Part II. Looking North
  7 Intimate Enemies (p. 185)
  8 The Micropolitics of Reconciliation (p. 225)
  9 Deliverance (p. 252)
  10 Legacies: Bad Luck, Angry Gods, and the Stranger (p. 277)
  Part IV. Looking South
  11 Living with "Those People" (p. 321)
  12 Facing Up to the Past (p. 361)
  Afterword (p. 393)
  Notes (p. 395)
  Glossary (p. 425)
  Selected Bibliography (p. 427)
  Index (p. 447)
  Acknowledgments (p. 459)


»In the aftermath of a civil war, former enemies are left living side by side—and often the enemy is a son-in-law, a godfather, an old schoolmate, or the community that lies just across the valley. Though the internal conflict in Peru at the end of the twentieth century was incited and organized by insurgent Senderistas, the violence and destruction were carried out not only by Peruvian armed forces but also by civilians. In the wake of war, any given Peruvian community may consist of ex-Senderistas, current sympathizers, widows, orphans, army veterans—a volatile social landscape. These survivors, though fully aware of the potential danger posed by their neighbors, must nonetheless endeavor to live and labor alongside their intimate enemies.
Drawing on years of research with communities in the highlands of Ayacucho, Kimberly Theidon explores how Peruvians are rebuilding both individual lives and collective existence following twenty years of armed conflict. Intimate Enemies recounts the stories and dialogues of Peruvian peasants and Theidon's own experiences to encompass the broad and varied range of conciliatory practices: customary law before and after the war, the practice of arrepentimiento (publicly confessing one's actions and requesting pardon from one's peers), a differentiation between forgiveness and reconciliation, and the importance of storytelling to make sense of the past and recreate moral order. The micropolitics of reconciliation in these communities present an example of postwar coexistence that deeply complicates the way we understand transitional justice, moral sensibilities, and social life in the aftermath of war. Any effort to understand postconflict reconstruction must be attuned to devastation as well as to human tenacity for life.« (Source: University of Pennsylvania Press)


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