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The Trust after Betrayal team regularly contributes to scholarly and policy-oriented content around the world. The following is a shortlist.


Afghan Allies Out of War:
Addressing the Needs of the Afghan Special Operations Forces Community
and their Families in the

United States (2023)

McFee, Erin K.; Christensen, Connor; Magyar, Luke

This policy paper examines the challenges faced by ex-Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) soldiers who resettled in the U.S. after the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The research, based on interviews and surveys with 36 veterans, reveals leadership dynamics, evacuation disparities, family reunification struggles, language barriers, and psychosocial stress and offers a set of recommendations to address these issues.

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Introduction to "Special Section: Fieldwork Confessionals" (2023)

Ahmann, Chloe; Feser, Ali; Jonson, Alix; McFee, Erin K., and McLachlan, Amy Lea

The special section "Fieldwork Confessionals" published in the American Anthropologist journal examines a category in ethnography that involves moments of partial disclosure and conditional revelations made by interlocutors during fieldwork. The introduction discusses the term "confession" and its significance as moments of critical co-production and thickened intersubjectivity and gives an overview over the section's contributions.

“I've never told anyone that before …” (2023)

McFee, Erin K.

Essay on "first disclosures", a particular genre "fieldwork confession", where individuals disclose intimate stories that they claim to have never shared before. Based on the case of a man in an addiction rehab centre in Sinaloa, Mexico, the author reflects on the complexities of witnessing such confessions, the impact on both the confessor and the listener (the anthropologist in this case), and how these disclosures can shape relationships, knowledge, and understanding.

Masculinity and Moral Sonhood among Former Non-State Armed Group (NSAG) Members in Mexico and Colombia (2021)

McFee, Erin K., and Cecilia Dedios Sanguineti

Research into the gendered understandings of family roles among former members of NSAGs and their family members drives the development of the concept of moral sonhood - i.e., what sons think and do about shared understandings of what it means to be a good son.

Bureaucracy, Justice and the State in a Post-Accord Colombia (2020)

McFee, Erin K. and Jennifer Curtis (Eds.)

Introduction and essay on the role of state discourse about “making a presence” in Colombia in shaping dynamics of reconciliation in the years leading up to and following the 2016 Havana Peace Accord. Co-edited collection with Jennifer Curtis for the Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

Excombatants and the Peace Accord with the FARC-EP in Colombia: Balance of the Early Phase. (Spanish) (2019)

McFee, Erin K. and Angelika Rettberg (Eds.)

Introduction and chapter on intergroup relations between the demobilizing FARC guerrillas, Colombian Army, United Nations, and local communities in the disarmament transition zones. Co-edited volume with Angelika Rettberg.

Frontera Combustible: Conceptualising the State Through the Experiences of Petrol Smugglers in the Colombian/Venezuelan Borderlands of Norte de Santander/Táchira (2018)

Beach, Charles

The article aims to describe how petrol vendors, transporters and smugglers conceptualise the state and how they negotiate and interact with state actors present in the borderlands. It engages in an anthropology of the state through the ethnographic lens of organised informal workers.

The Contested Promise of Peace: Social Representations of Peace and the Posacuerdo Citizen-Subject in Colombia

McFee, Erin K. 

This paper draws on social representations theory and fieldwork conducted during the Colombian Peace Process in Caquetá, Colombia (2014-2015) to argue that competing discourses on the significance of "peace" for the country are a key site of contestation for setting the terms of the "post-accord" citizen-subject.

The Double Bind of “Playing Double”: Passing and Identity among Ex-Combatants in Colombia

McFee, Erin K. 

Drawing on ethnographic work conducted through the Colombian Agency for Reintegration, this work demonstrates how ex-combatants must “play double”: as repentant ex-combatants to the state and as “regular” citizens to civil society. These identity demands and performances undermine efforts to address the stigma and discrimination that they face post-demobilization.

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