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Cheryl P. Anderson and Debra L. Martin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400691

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400691.001.0001

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Each One the Same

Each One the Same

Performance, Demography, and Violence at Sacred Ridge

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(p.82) 6 Each One the Same
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Massacres
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Anna J. Osterholtz

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400691.003.0006

This study examines the social significance of extreme processing and performative violence at the massacre site Sacred Ridge in the North American Southwest. The analysis of the skeletal remains demonstrates that all of the victims were similarly processed and that processing of the body did not vary based on the age or sex of the victims. The similar processing indicates that this entire group of victims was viewed as the dehumanized other. This othering led to a lack of empathy among the perpetrators for the victims, leading to their ability to perform the massacre. The psychological and emotional factors affecting the different groups (victims, perpetrators, and witnesses) are explored and highlight how these dynamics can impact power relations.

Keywords:   Performative violence, Massacre, Sacred Ridge, North American Southwest, Dehumanized other

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