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

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


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Professor Simon Green
Professor of Criminology & Victimology / Senior Researcher in Modern Slavery, Wilberforce Institute

Katherine Kondor


All rights reserved. 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 self-identify 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.


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 7, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2020
Deposit Date Mar 5, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 10, 2020
Journal Oñati Socio-legal Series; Practices of Memorialization and the Process of Social Reconstruction
Print ISSN 2079-5971
Electronic ISSN 2079-5971
Publisher Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 563-583
Keywords Victims; narrative; late modernity; Hungary; Gaza; story-telling
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