Counting/Telling the Death and Disappearance of Persons in Migratory Context

  • Paola Díaz Lize Centre d’études des mouvements sociaux (CEMS)
Keywords: factualization; migrants; death; disappearance; Mexico-United States border

Abstract

This article presents research results on the factualization systems around people’s death and disappearance, implemented by non-governmental and governmental actors, in Arizona (United States). These systems are social practices, which translate the experience (or “world”) into facts (or “reality”); in those systems, quantification plays an important role. We analyze two couple of factualization techniques: counting/mapping and listing/counting. We conclude with a threefold distinction in our case study: counting as quantification; counting as telling; and counting as mattering.

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Paola Díaz Lize, Centre d’études des mouvements sociaux (CEMS)

 

 

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Published
30/01/2020