You're reading:

The emotional management of death and absence by forensic anthropologists in Colombia and Peru

- By Juan Pablo Aranguren Romero This article analyzes the experiences of seven forensic anthropologists working on exhumations in cases related to political violence and armed conflict in Colombia and Peru...

The emotional management of death and absence by forensic anthropologists in Colombia and Peru

 

By Juan Pablo Aranguren Romero

 

Abstract: This article analyzes the experiences of seven forensic anthropologists working on exhumations in cases related to political violence and armed conflict in Colombia and Peru.  From a critical social psychology perspective, we investigate the ways in which these professionals manage their emotions in the face of situations of violence, including murder, massacres, and enforced disappearances.  We analyze both the emotional impact of confronting mass violence and the coping mechanisms developed by these professionals in order to continue doing their work.  The experiences recounted by the forensic anthropologists interviewed for this study oscillate between a marked professional commitment and the need for distance to safeguard their own emotional well-being.

Please sign up to see more of our content