The politics of memory: the human rights movement and the construction of democracy in Argentina
LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
Lugar: Thousand Oaks; Año: 1994 vol. 21 p. 38 - 58
The article deals with the emergence and development of the human rights movement in Argentina during dictatorship (1976-1983) and its shifts during the period of transition to constitutional government. In the latter period, the movement was torn between its political and institutional role, expressed in the demand for justice, and its symbolic role in the construction of a historical memory, actively promoting the need not to forget and developing in different ways and in a variety of settings the symbols and events that would foster the preservation of the vivid memory of the lived traumatic experience.Key questions addressed are: Is memory the key to deterrence? How is the lived experience transformed into memory? Who are its trustees or owners? In spite of the abundance of documents and papers written on the history of the human rights movement in Argentina, these questions have not been posed and still require attention.