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The Struggle for the Past: How We Construct Social Memories

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The Struggle for the Past

How We Construct Social Memories

Elizabeth Jelin
Translated from the Spanish by Wendy Gosselin

270 pages, 23 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-782-8 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2021)

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In all societies—but especially those that have endured political violence—the past is shifting and contested terrain, never fixed and always intertwined with present-day cultural and political circumstances. Organized around Argentine “memory wars” since the 1970s, The Struggle for the Past undertakes an innovative exploration of memory’s dynamic social character. In addition to its analysis of how human rights movements have inflected public memory and democratization in Argentina, it also gives an illuminating account of the emergence and development of Memory Studies as a field and critically reflects on the author’s intellectual and humanitarian projects during this period.

Elizabeth Jelin is a Senior Researcher at the National Council for Scientific Research (CONICET) and the Institute of Economic and Social Development (IDES) in Buenos Aires. A foundational figure in the development of Memory Studies as a discipline, she is the author of numerous books, of which several have been translated into English.

Subject: Memory Studies Peace and Conflict Studies
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean


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Chapter 1. Perspectives on the Past: Conflictive and Never-Ending
Chapter 2. Building a Research Field: Memory and Gender in Latin American Social Sciences
Chapter 3. Explorations, Certainties, and Uncertainties: The Human Rights Movement and Building Democracy in Argentina
Chapter 4. Markers of Memory: Dates, Places, Archives
Chapter 5. Victims, Relatives, or Citizens? Whose Voices are Legitimate Enough?
Chapter 6. Sexual Abuse as a Crime against Humanity and the Right to Privacy
Chapter 7. Taking the Floor: Testimonial Voices over Time
Chapter 8. Memory—for what? Towards a More Democratic Future


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