Traces of Violence: Writings on the Disaster in Paris, France


Robert Desjarlais and Khalil Habrih, Traces of Violence: Writings on the Disaster in Paris, France. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2021, 316 p.


In this highly original work, Robert Desjarlais and Khalil Habrih present a dialogic account of the lingering effects of the terroristic attacks that occurred in Paris in November 2015. Situating the events within broader histories of state violence in metropolitan France and its colonial geographies, the authors interweave narrative accounts and photographs to explore a range of related phenomena: governmental and journalistic discourses on terrorism, the political work of archives, police and military apparatuses of control and anti-terror deterrence, the histories of wounds, and the haunting reverberations of violence in a plurality of lives and deaths. Traces of Violence offers an innovative example of collaborative writing across anthropology and sociology.

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