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39 Hum. Rts. Q. 774 (2017)
Vulnerability and Security in Human Rights Literature and Visual Culture

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HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY


cultural  backgrounds   underscores  the
short-sightedness   of an  essentialized
use  of woman,  and claims to a shared
sisterhood. DEMUS came to understand
how   much  culture mattered only when
the  team  members   began to reflect on
their own  individual backgrounds as well
as their institutional culture. In short, one
cannot   add  culture and stir without
first examining the cultural assumptions
of  the methods, instruments, and ques-
tions one  uses.
    It is fitting the book concludes with
 some  suggestions  for changing  these
 dynamics. As the author argues, gender
 analysis must begin at the conception of
 the transitional justice process, with gen-
 der shaping the assumptions,  methods,
 questions, and instruments to be used.
 Similarly, transitional justice practitioners
 would do well to realize that it is not only
 the designated Other who   is culturally
 placed! Liberal legalism and transitional
 justice are permeated with a particular
 rationality and epistemology, and sim-
 ply adding brown  faces to brochures or
 translating questionnaires from Spanish
 to Quechua  does not allow one  to first
 ask if the materials themselves render
 other's worlds and  ways  of  knowing
 inconceivable. These efforts might lead
 to challenging the monopoly  of liberal
 legalism and its conceits, which in turn
 could take  up  this book's  challenge
to trace the ragged edge  where  good
intentions collapse under the weight of
historical exclusionary practices.'

                     Kimberly Theidon*
Henry  J. Leir Professor of International
                  Humanitarian  Studies
       Fletcher School, Tufts University


*  Kimberly Theidon  is a medical anthro-
pologist focusing on  Latin America. Her
research interests include political violence,
transitional justice, reconciliation, and the
politics of post-war reparations. She is the
author of many articles, and Entre Pr6jimos:
El conflicto armado interno y la politica de la
reconciliaci6n en el Per (Instituto de Estudios
Peruanos, 1st edition 2004; 2nd edition 2009)
and  Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconcili-
ation in Peru (University of Pennsylvania Press,
2012).  Intimate Enemies was awarded the
2013  Honorable Mention from the Washington
Office on Latin America-Duke University Li-
braries Book Award for Human Rights in Latin
America, and the 2013 Honorable Mention for
the Eileen Basker Prize from the Society for
Medical Anthropology for research on gender
and  health. She is the Henry]. Leir Professor
of International Humanitarian Studies at the
Fletcher School, Tufts University.


Alexandra Schultheis Moore, Vul-
nerability  and   Security  in Human
Rights  Literature and  Visual Culture
(New   York: Routledge,  2016),  ISBN:
9781138860278, 262 pages.

Because  an investment  in human  rights
always  returns us to lived experience,
it invariably raises questions of  how
to document   actual events. Out of this
foundational  gesture of documentation
comes  the intense focus in human rights
scholarship on methods  of narration and
representation. The  law, human   rights
reports, witness of humanitarian workers,
government  and corporate reporting, and
work  of journalists all exhibit some de-
gree of their own narrative unconscious:
ways  in which they presume  to capture
truth (if not the real), glossing over the
mediations  which   render  convincing
representation. Much  of  the interven-


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