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Professions and Profiles: Epistemic Communities and the Registration of Human Rights Violations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics. Deparment of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
Theology Department, Boston College, Chesnut Hill, USA.
Transitional Justice Observatory, Human Rights Centre, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile.
Department of Language and Literature, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile.
2019 (English)In: Resistance to Political Violence in Latin America: Documenting Atrocity / [ed] Palgrave Macmillan, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, p. 79-115Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on the critical service provided by lawyers and social workers of the Comité and Vicaría’s Legal Department in their work with relatives and direct victims of political repression. Based on archival documentation, secondary literature, and interviews with former staff members, it explores how these professions and their respective epistemes supported those persecuted by the regime. It argues that an interdisciplinary style of working emerged, and was sustained over a nineteen-year period, by a professional community that gave practical form to the Catholic Church’s desire to protect and foster human dignity. The chapter demonstrates that this work was sustained by a combination of professional acumen; a substantial degree of professional innovation in the face of an urgent and uncertain situation; an amount of political, community, and trades union organisational skill and experience, and the adoption of a humanitarian ethos that drew no distinctions of class, origin, or political affiliation.

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Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 79-115
Keywords [en]
epistemic communities, archival documentation, communities of practice, human rights, Chile
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology; History of Sciences and Ideas; History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-388936DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-17046-2_4ISBN: 978-3-030-17045-5 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-17046-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-388936DiVA, id: diva2:1336007
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CONICYT-PCI/DPI 20140048Available from: 2019-07-08 Created: 2019-07-08 Last updated: 2019-07-08

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