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Demographic Transformation and Socio-Economic Development

Violence, Statistics, and the Politics of Accounting for the Dead

Editors: Pérouse de Montclos, Marc-Antoine, Minor, Elizabeth, Sinha, Samrat (Eds.)

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  • Examines the methodological problems of accounting for the dead in armed conflicts
  • Discusses how the body count plays an important part in the narrative of war and its use towards political, humanitarian and military ends
  • Features narrative case studies written by practitioners of casualty recording
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This book examines the methodological problems of accounting for the dead in armed conflicts as well as how the process itself is open to manipulation and controversy. Inspired by the work of the International Practitioner Network of casualty recording organizations, the book features thematic analysis, case studies and historical discussion on the use of the body count towards political, humanitarian and military ends.

The book begins with a strategic analysis of the body count that introduces a general discussion on the measurement of war violence; its treatment by the media, humanitarian organizations, governments and the military; and its legal and political implications. It then examines the accounting for civilian war casualties in past and future conflicts, investigates the way the International Committee of the Red Cross has dealt with the issue of missing persons and the identification of dead bodies in armed conflicts and explores the role of statistics in aid policy debates, especially in regards to humanitarian workers.

Next, the book details the field of casualty recording as practiced by civil society organizations, with insights from a study of 40 practitioners. It also features narrative case studies that detail the ways human losses were documented during recent conflicts in Northeastern India (2006-2009) and Croatia (1991-1995). In addition, one case study looks at the usefulness of casualty recording in engaging policymakers on the impacts of particular technologies of violence.

This book offers an insightful investigation into violence, statistics and the politics of accounting for the dead. It will appeal to a broad audience of policy-makers, human rights activists, humanitarian practitioners as well as academics.

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“The book is a vital contribution for anyone involved beyond the numbers in this particularly difficult kind of excess mortality. … The book performs a notable service in documenting methodologies to measure and evaluate this special kind of excess mortality within the realm of population studies. … This book cannot be ignored by those engaged directly in this work and by those dealing with its consequences.” (Johanne Sanschagrin, Canadian Studies in Population, Vol. 44 (1-2), 2017) 


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • General Introduction: Armed Conflicts and the Body Count: An Issue for Population Studies and Development

    Pages 1-22

    Montclos, Marc-Antoine Pérouse

  • Development Consequences of Armed Conflict

    Pages 25-45

    Gates, Scott (et al.)

  • Numbers Count: Dead Bodies, Statistics, and the Politics of Armed Conflicts

    Pages 47-69

    Montclos, Marc-Antoine Pérouse

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross: Identifying the Dead and Tracing Missing Persons – A Historical Perspective

    Pages 71-86

    Vonèche Cardia, Isabelle

  • Recording Casualties of Explosive Violence: Evidence-Based Advocacy in Practice

    Pages 91-97

    Dodd, Henry (et al.)

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.99
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Softcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-79174-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Violence, Statistics, and the Politics of Accounting for the Dead
Editors
  • Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos
  • Elizabeth Minor
  • Samrat Sinha
Series Title
Demographic Transformation and Socio-Economic Development
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-12036-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-12036-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-12035-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79174-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 143
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations
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