Triangulation and violence in the Caribbean: Crimes retold from a Curaçaoan juvenile detention centre
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22 februari 2023
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SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies; Inequality, cohesion and modernization; Ongelijkheid, cohesie en modernisering
In a special issue in Ethnography, the question was raised how to study violence ethnographically in Latin America and the Caribbean. The present article seeks to extend this special issue with reflections on how to study different forms of violence 'after the fact', based on fieldwork at a juvenile detention centre in Curaçao in 2019 and 2020. We present intersubjectively realistic accounts of violence in the family sphere. These accounts came into being by means of two acts of empirical triangulation: (1) looking at violent episodes through the eyes of different people involved and (2) contrasting the counterstories that emerged from this with the detention centre's case files that construct particular images of the detained youth and their family members. We end the article with critical reflections on our own unwitting contribution to the production of silence, which frustrated the youth’s counterstories.
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