Searching for Life: The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Disappeared Children of Argentina / Edition 1

Searching for Life: The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Disappeared Children of Argentina / Edition 1

by Rita Arditti
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520215702

ISBN-13: 9780520215702

Pub. Date: 04/19/1999

Publisher: University of California Press

Searching for Life traces the courageous plight of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a group of women who challenged the ruthless dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. Acting as both detectives and human rights advocates in an effort to find and recover their grandchildren, the Grandmothers identified fifty-seven of an estimated 500 children who…  See more details below

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Searching for Life traces the courageous plight of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a group of women who challenged the ruthless dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. Acting as both detectives and human rights advocates in an effort to find and recover their grandchildren, the Grandmothers identified fifty-seven of an estimated 500 children who had been kidnapped or born in detention centers. The Grandmothers work also led to the creation of the National Genetic Data Bank, the only bank of its kind in the world, and to Article 8 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the right t identity, that is now incorporated in the new adoption legislation in Argentina. Rita Arditti has conducted extensive interviews with twenty Grandmothers and twenty-five others connected with their work; her book is a testament to the courage, persistence, and strength of these traditional older women. The importance of the Grandmothers work has effectively transcended the Argentine situation. Their tenacious pursuit of justice defies the culture of impunity and the historical amnesia that pervades Argentina and much of the rest of the world today. In addition to reconciling the living disappeared with their families of origin, these Grandmothers restored a chapter of history that, too, had been abducted and concealed from its rightful heirs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520215702
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/19/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Acronyms
Introduction1
1Not Just One More Coup7
2The Fall of the Regime31
3The Grandmothers Organize50
4From Terror to Resistance79
5Finding the Children102
6Captive Minds, Captive Lives125
7A New Strategy: The Right to Identity144
8The Politics of Memory159
Afterword171
App. 1Biographical Sketches of Grandmothers Interviewed173
App. 2Declaration of Principles and Affidavit of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo187
Notes189
Bibliography215
Index227

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