research product . 2021

Out of Sight, Out of Mind. The ‘Social Death’ of Institutionalized Women and Children and the ‘Social Amnesia’ of Irish Society in the Twentieth Century, Depicted in Forensic Evidence from the Children's Mass Grave at a former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway.

Ahl Falkensjö, Cecilia;
Open Access English
  • Published: 26 Feb 2021
  • Country: Sweden
The twentieth century was a time of social and political changes. Victims of trauma, genocide, massacres and abuse in a largely Post-Colonial era would increasingly gain recognition and places of suffering, death and pain would become places of remembrance. Post English rule, the Republic of Ireland had many religious run institutions that, at the turn of the millennium, were under many investigations due to accusations of neglect and abuse towards its residents. One of these institutions under investigation is the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home (1925-1961) in Tuam, Co. Galway. Accusations had been made claiming that nearly 800 children may have been buried on...
free text keywords: Dark heritage, social amnesia, social death, forensic archaeology, juvenile human remains, bioarchaeology, Irish state, Catholic Church, child abuse, human rights violation, Irish society, Irish media
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