Cultural Practices of Victimhood aims to set the agenda for a cultural study of victimhood. Words such as 'victim' and 'victimhood' represent shifting cultural signifiers, their meaning depending on the cultural context of their usage. Using case studies and through a practice-based approach, questions are asked about how victimhood is defined and constructed, whether in the ritual commemoration of refugees on Lampedusa, the artistic practices of an Aboriginal artist such as Richard Bell, or the media practices associated with police violence.Consisting of contributions by cultural studies experts with an interest in victim studies, this book seeks a double readership. On the one hand, it intends to break new ground with regards to a 'cultural turn' in the field of criminology, in particular victimology. On the other hand, it also seeks to open up discussions about a 'victimological turn' in culture studies. The volume invites scholars and advanced students active in both domains to reflect on victimhood in cultural practices.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter Introduction: cultural practices of victimhood / MARTIN HOONDERT part PART I Ritual practices chapter 1 Srebrenica: conflict and ritual complexities / MARTIN HOONDERT chapter 2 A monument for boat refugees: ritual and the art of liminality / WILLIAM ARFMAN chapter 3 Refugee rituals: exploring ritual repertoire of victimhood / PAUL POST part PART II Artistic practices chapter 4 Representing the experience of victims at the Berlin Wall Memorial Museum / DAVID CLARKE chapter 5 Victimhood in reverse: art in the age of apology / LIEKE WIJNIA chapter 6 Basque Country competing memories at the local, regional and state levels: promoting public artistic events versus public institutional policies / GEMA VARONA chapter 7 Who speaks for the victim? Experiences of migrants and refugees in Jenny Erpenbeck's novel Go, Went, ODILE HEYNDERS / Gone and Mikhail Shishkin's Maidenhair part PART III Media practices chapter 8 #BlackLivesMatter: understanding anti- police protest as a cultural practice / PAUL MUTSAERS chapter 9 Online- offline modes of identity and community: Elliot Rodger's twisted world of masculine victimhood / JAN BLOMMAERT chapter 10 The Cologne translation note: victims and perpetrators / SJAAK KROON.