Suffering citizenship: a political sociology of victimhood in contemporary MexicoSupervisors:
Dr Claire Moon (Department of Sociology) and Dr Robin Archer (Department of Sociology)
Politics; Subjectivity; Human Rights; Memory; Suffering; Violence; Colonialism and Postcolonialism; Transitional Justice; Poststructuralist and Queer Theories.
My thesis studies the "victim" as a category of politics. The first part of my project analyses how victimhood became both an area of state intervention and an idiom to engage in contentious politics across the world from the second half of the twentieth century. Methodologically, this section deploys genealogy and discourse analysis and deals with primary materials such as pamphlets and other activist texts, parliamentary procedures and debates, laws, newspapers, human rights reports, etc.
The second part of the project focuses on contemporary Mexico to explore how the category is constructed, mobilised, and resisted amidst the country’s ongoing crisis of deadly violence and gross human rights violations. This section will make use of in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations to study victim collectives, victim support bureaucracies, human rights NGOs, etc., in an attempt to understand the effects that victimhood has on subjectivity, agency, citizenship, and stateness.
My research mobilises interpretive sociology, theories of subjectivity, the sociology of suffering and memory, as well as political and legal sociology and anthropology.