The Memory of State Terrorism in the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

EditorFrancesca Lessa, Vincent Druliolle

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Through various lenses and theoretical approaches, this book explores the contested experiences, meanings, realms, goals, and challenges associated with the construction, preservation, and transmission of the memories of state repression in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The book both illuminates and questions the politics of memory that have been unfolding in these countries over the past three decades. It is one of few volumes written in English to be dedicated specifically to the study of the memory of state terrorism in the Southern Cone. Its contributors, both recognized and emerging scholars, come from Europe, the United States, and Latin America.   

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Through various lenses and theoretical approaches, this book explores the contested experiences, meanings, realms, goals, and challenges associated with the construction, preservation, and transmission of the memories of state repression in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The book both illuminates and questions the politics of memory th...

Francesca Lessa is a Research Associate at the Latin America International Affairs Programme at the IDEAS Center, London School of Economics. She received her PHD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Her research interests include Transitional Justice and Memory in the Southern Cone of Latin America, especia...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 9.14 × 5.7 × 0.74 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230110142

ISBN - 13:9780230110144

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Foreword--Francesca Lessa and Vincent Druliolle * Introduction - Present Pasts: Memory(es) of State Terrorism in the Southern Cone of Latin America--Emilio Crenzel * Remembering and its places in post-dictatorship Argentina--Vincent Druliolle * The slogan “Complete Memory”: A reactive (re)-signification of the memory of the disappeared in Argentina--Valentina Salvi * Queering Acts of Mourning in the Aftermath of Argentina’s Dictatorship: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo and Los Rubios--Cecilia Sosa * Justice and its Remainders: Diamela Eltit’s Puño y letra--Michael J.  Lazzara * Chile: Dilemmas of memory--Elizabeth Lira * The traces of “postmemory” in second-generation Chilean and Argentinean identities--Alejandra Serpente * Collective Memories of the Trauma of Forced Disappearance: Reflections on the Case of the Disappeared Political Detainees in the Aftermath of Uruguay’s State Terror (1985-2001)--Gabriela Fried * No hay que tener los ojos en la nuca:  The Memory of Violence in Uruguay, 1973-2010--Francesca Lessa * Afterword - The Politics of “Memory” in the Long Present of the Southern Cone--Vikki Bell

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“An important contribution to our knowledge of ongoing processes for memory, truth, and justice, this must read selection of works addresses common experiences of State Terrorism while highlighting the uniqueness of each situation. Offering interdisciplinary perspectives, and through theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded chapters, the authors convincingly demonstrate: the strong presence and persistence of this past and its current political significance; the heterogeneity of societies’ memories and the need to challenge dichotomies by recognizing diversity in the debates about what and how to remember; the multiple public and private spheres for memory transmission and [re]construction--including diasporic mnemonic communities.”--Susana Kaiser, University of San Francisco and author of Postmemories of Terror: A New Generation Copes with the Legacy of the “Dirty War” “This book reads as a fresh, creative set of analytical lenses into the rapidly growing memory studies field of Latin America's Southern Cone. The authors offer both well-regarded and original approaches. There is a nice mix of established and emerging scholars and the volume provides cutting edge empirical material on sites and voices of memory. The book will appeal to an ever-growing number of memory scholars.”-- Katherine Hite, Professor of Political Science; Director of Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Vassar College; and author of Politics and the Art of Commemoration: Memorials to Struggle in Latin America and Spain