Malades, disparus et suppliciés : l'in-corporation de la violence sociale et politique au Venezuela

Abstract : This paper examines three specific situations in which the body - disappeared, sick or suffering - becomes the basis for the relation between individuals and Venezuelan State bodies. The political embodiment is treated by the case of disaster victims (massive floods and landslides had wrecked the Vargas State and the Caracas metropolitan area in December 1999). The ethnography shows how they had to continually prove the fact of their genuine physical distress in order to get aid. Analyzing the social violence that followed the mudslides, I argue that the disappearances of the looters arrested during the vandalism are the direct consequence of the abandonment of civil rights. Only the "biological body" remains as a basis for appeal to the state in law.Thus, the self-inflicted violence in radical political demonstrations is analyzed in order to show how direct solicitation of sovereign power for assistance is often played out in a performative context.
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Paula Vásquez Lezama. Malades, disparus et suppliciés : l'in-corporation de la violence sociale et politique au Venezuela. Encyclo. Revue de l'école doctorale ED 382, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2013, pp.17-32. ⟨hal-00944191⟩

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