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Revolutionizing Motherhood examines one of the most astonishing human rights movements of recent years. During the Argentine junta's Dirty War against subversives, as tens of thousands were abducted, tortured, and disappeared, a group of women forged the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and changed Argentine politics forever. The Mothers began in the 1970s as an informal group of working-class housewives making the rounds of prisons and military barracks in search of their disappeared children. As they realized that both state and church officials were conspiring to withhold information, they started to protest, claiming the administrative center of Argentina the Plaza de Mayo for their center stage. In this volume, Marguerite G. Bouvard traces the history of the Mothers and examines how they have transformed maternity from a passive, domestic role to one of public strength. Bouvard also gives a detailed history of contemporary Argentina, including the military's debacle in the Falklands, the fall of the junta, and the efforts of subsequent governments to reach an accord with the Mothers. Finally, she examines their current agenda and their continuing struggle to bring the murderers of their children to justice.
|Introduction. The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo||1|
|Ch. 1||The Dirty War||19|
|Ch. 2||The Politics of Violence and Terror||47|
|Ch. 3||The Mothers Come Together||65|
|Ch. 4||Resistance Mounts||93|
|Ch. 5||The Junta Falls||115|
|Ch. 6||Speaking Truth to Power||129|
|Ch. 7||Socializing Maternity||175|
|Ch. 8||Revolutionary Mothers||195|
|Ch. 9||A New Model in the Struggle for Human Rights||219|
|Ch. 10||Taking Space: Women and Political Power||241|
Posted February 15, 2001
Simply an incredible story about the plight of these woman and the toughness to stick to their principles in the face of condemnation from the government and the general populous that was/is Argentina. Also sheds light on Reagan Administration and how it supported military dictatorship. A must read for anyone intrested in human rights as well as Latin American issues.
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