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Battling for Hearts and Minds: Memory Struggles in Pinochet’s Chile, 1973–1988
     

Battling for Hearts and Minds: Memory Struggles in Pinochet’s Chile, 1973–1988

by Steve J. Stern, Walter D. Mignolo, Irene Silverblatt, Sonia Saldivar-Hull
 

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ISBN-10: 0822338416

ISBN-13: 9780822338413

Pub. Date: 09/25/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Battling for Hearts and Minds is the story of the dramatic struggle to define collective memory in Chile during the violent, repressive dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, from the 1973 military coup in which he seized power through his defeat in a 1988 plebiscite. Steve J. Stern provides a riveting narration of Chile’s political history during

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Battling for Hearts and Minds is the story of the dramatic struggle to define collective memory in Chile during the violent, repressive dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, from the 1973 military coup in which he seized power through his defeat in a 1988 plebiscite. Steve J. Stern provides a riveting narration of Chile’s political history during this period. At the same time, he analyzes Chileans’ conflicting interpretations of events as they unfolded. Drawing on testimonios, archives, Truth Commission documents, radio addresses, memoirs, and written and oral histories, Stern identifies four distinct perspectives on life and events under the dictatorship. He describes how some Chileans viewed the regime as salvation from ruin by Leftists (the narrative favored by Pinochet’s junta), some as a wound repeatedly reopened by the state, others as an experience of persecution and awakening, and still others as a closed book, a past to be buried and forgotten.

In the 1970s, Chilean dissidents were lonely “voices in the wilderness” insisting that state terror and its victims be recognized and remembered. By the 1980s, the dissent had spread, catalyzing a mass movement of individuals who revived public dialogue by taking to the streets, creating alternative media, and demanding democracy and human rights. Despite long odds and discouraging defeats, people of conscience—victims of the dictatorship, priests, youth, women, workers, and others—overcame fear and succeeded in creating truthful public memories of state atrocities. Recounting both their efforts and those of the regime’s supporters to win the battle for Chileans’ hearts and minds, Stern shows how profoundly the struggle to create memories, to tell history, matters.

Battling for Hearts and Minds is the second volume in the trilogy The Memory Box of Pinochet’s Chile. The third book will examine Chileans’ efforts to achieve democracy while reckoning with Pinochet’s legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822338413
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/25/2006
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
686,726
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Maps xvi

Introduction to the Trilogy: The Memory Box of Pinoche’s Chile xix

Introduction to Book Two: Battling for Hearts and Minds 1

Part I. Foundational Years: Building the Memory Box, 1973–1982

1. Chronicling a Coup Foretold? Previews of the Impossible 11

Afterword. “This is Chile” 29

2. Saving “Chileans of Well-Placed Heart,” 1973–1976 33

Afterword. Rumors of the Impossible 77

3. Witnessing and Awakening Chile: Testimonial Truth and Struggle, 1973–1977 81

Afterword. Laughing and Singing in Times of Trouble 129

4. Road to Oblivion? Crisis and Institutionalization, 1977–1982 137

Afterword. Coming of Age 179

5. Digging In: Counterofficial Chile, 1979–1982 196

Afterword. Fending off Despair 231

Conclusion to Part I: Building the Memory Box: Foundational Years 237

PART II. Struggles for Control: Memory Politics as Mass Experience, 1983–1988

6. Great Shakings: Memory War in the Streets, 1983–1986 249

Afterword. Away from Santiago 287

7. Time Travel: Memory War in Media and Politics, 1983–1986 297

Afterword. Desire 330

8. “Did You Forget Me?” The Unexpected Faces of Chile, 1987–1988 336

Afterword. Taboo: The Making of a Memory Moment 378

Abbreviations Used in Notes and Essay on Sources 389

Notes 391

Essay on Sources 485

Index 507

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