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Story-telling as memorialisation: suffering, resilience and victim identities

Green, Simon T.; Kondor, Katherine; Kidd, Alicia


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Dr Simon Green
Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise / Reader in Criminology

Katherine Kondor


Is there a relationship between story-telling and memorialisation in the construction of victim identities? This paper seeks to examine these questions and shed light on the cultural dynamics of victimisation with reference to examples from sociological theories of late modernity and empirical research with people who selfidentify as victims. Using examples from recent biographic interviews with an asylum seeker fleeing conflict in Gaza and two Hungarian radical right activists, the argument will be that victim identities are constructed and reconstructed through the development of personal and mediatised narratives about suffering and resilience.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Oñati Socio-legal Series; Practices of Memorialization and the Process of Social Reconstruction
Print ISSN 2079-5971
Publisher Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 563-583
APA6 Citation Green, S. T., Kondor, K., & Kidd, A. (in press). Story-telling as memorialisation: suffering, resilience and victim identities. Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 10(3), 563-583.
Keywords Victims; narrative; late modernity; Hungary; Gaza; story-telling
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