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- Emotions, deep memory and haunting: overcoming entrenched ideological and political divisions in Argentina
- Stockwell, Jill
- Though thirty-five years since the military took power, Argentina still grapples with how to remember the period of political violence and state terrorism of the 1970s and 1980s. In the past several decades, moral and political claims about how this past should be collectively remembered by the nation have caused deep political and societal divisions. Little attention has been paid to how societies rework the past through exploring individuals' emotions and affect and their role in constituting group identity and the attachments that bind communities. This paper draws on first-hand oral testimonies taken from two groups of Argentine women who 'stand for' two antithetical versions of the recent Argentinian past, two versions that have actively sought recognition and legitimacy amidst intense ideological battles in the political, social and cultural arenas over who has what rights to determine what should be remembered and how, and over the ownership of historical memory. In the paper I aim to deepen the discussion about how we can move beyond such seemingly entrenched ideological and political divides that seek to perpetuate themselves in various cultures of public remembrance by acknowledging and exploring the role played by individual emotions and affect in generating and shaping collective emotions and affects, thereby producing new forms of antagonism and solidarity within memorial cultures.
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- Conference paper
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- Swinburne University of Technology
- Paper presented at the 2012 Historical Justice and Memory Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 14-17 February 2012
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- 20th century history; Argentina; Collective memory; Cultural memory; Deep memory; Emotions; Group identity; Haunting; Historical memory; Identity constructions; Ideology; Military rule; Political divisions; Political violence; State terrorism
- The Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology
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- Copyright © 2012.