Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina

Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina

by Antonius C. G. M. Robben
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812220064

ISBN-13: 9780812220063

Pub. Date: 11/30/2007

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

For decades, Argentina's population was subject to human rights violations ranging from the merely disruptive to the abominable. Violence pervaded Argentine social and cultural life in the repression of protest crowds, a ruthless counterinsurgency campaign, massive numbers of abductions, instances of torture, and innumerable assassinations. Despite continued

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Overview

For decades, Argentina's population was subject to human rights violations ranging from the merely disruptive to the abominable. Violence pervaded Argentine social and cultural life in the repression of protest crowds, a ruthless counterinsurgency campaign, massive numbers of abductions, instances of torture, and innumerable assassinations. Despite continued repression, thousands of parents searched for their disappeared children, staging street protests that eventually marshaled international support. Challenging the notion that violence simply breeds more violence, Antonius C. G. M. Robben's provocative study argues that in Argentina violence led to trauma, and that trauma bred more violence.

In this work of superior scholarship, Robben analyzes the historical dynamic through which Argentina became entangled in a web of violence spun out of repeated traumatization of political adversaries. This violence-trauma-violence cycle culminated in a cultural war that "disappeared" more than ten thousand people and caused millions to live in fear. Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina demonstrates through a groundbreaking multilevel analysis the process by which different historical strands of violence coalesced during the 1970s into an all-out military assault on Argentine society and culture.

Combining history and anthropology, this compelling book rests on thorough archival research; participant observation of mass demonstrations, exhumations, and reburials; gripping interviews with military officers, guerrilla commanders, human rights leaders, and former disappeared captives. Robben's penetrating analysis of the trauma of Argentine society is of great importance for our understanding of other societies undergoing similar crimes against humanity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812220063
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Series:
The Ethnography of Political Violence
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1Changing the course of history : dignity, emancipation, and entrenchment3
2The time of the furnaces : proscription, compromise, and insurrection25
3A breeze turned into hurricane : the apogee of crowd mobilization44
4Crowd clashes : euphoria, disenchantment, and rupture64
5Shots in the night : revenge, revolution, and insurgency89
6The long arm of popular justice : punishment, rebellion, and sacrifice107
7Revolution postponed : anger, frustration, and entitlement128
8The shadows of death : improvisation, counterinsurgency, and downfall147
9The war of cultures : hierarchy versus equality, Christianity versus Marxism171
10The wheelworks of repression : assault, abduction, and annihilation190
11The operating theater : torture, dehumanization, and traumatization213
12Political prisons and secret detention centers : dismantlement, desocialization, and rehabilitation236
13The disappearance : despair, terror, and fear261
14The search : hope, anguish, and illusion282
15The call for truth : defiance, resistance, and maternal power299
16Recovery and reburial of the past : democracy, accountability, and impunity318
Conclusion : the spirals of violence and trauma341

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