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Author Stern, Steve J., 1951-

Title Reckoning with Pinochet : the memory question in democratic Chile, 1989-2006 / Steve J. Stern

Publ Info Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 2010
 RWU Main Library  F3100 .S824 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xxxiv, 548 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Latin America otherwise
Memory box of Pinochet's Chile; Book 3
Stern, Steve J., 1951- Memory box of Pinochet's Chile
Latin America otherwise
Note "Book three of the trilogy: The memory box of Pinochet's Chile."
Includes bibliographical references (p. [389]-524) and index
Contents The perils of truth : opening the memory box, 1989/1990 -- Afterword: "My dear President" -- Toward memory impasse? The truth commission moment, 1990/1991 -- Afterword: The futility of history? -- The circle of truth, justice, and force, 1990/1994 -- Afterword: The sound of tick-tock -- Between prudence and convulsion : memory, triumphalism, and disenchantment, 1994/1997 -- Afterword: The joys of "not too much" -- The turn : consequences of 1998 -- Afterword: Covering history with history? The making of silence -- Memory as unfinished work : new reckonings, 2002/2006 -- Afterword: Unsettled monuments : the struggle for Londres 38 -- Reframing democratic transition : toward the memory paradox of Bachelet's Chile -- Afterword: The curious burial of Augusto Pinochet
Note "Reckoning with Pinochet is the first comprehensive account of how Chile came to terms with General Augusto Pinochet's legacy of human rights atrocities. An icon among Latin America's 'dirty war' dictators, Pinochet had ruled with extreme violence while building a loyal social base. Hero to some and criminal to others, the general cast a long shadow over Chile's future. Steve J. Stern recounts the full history of Chile's democratic reckoning, from the negotiations in 1989 to chart a post-dictatorship transition; through Pinochet's arrest in London in 1998; the thirtieth anniversary, in 2003, of the coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende; and Pinochet's death in 2006. He shows how transnational events and networks shaped Chile's battles over memory, and how the Chilean case contributed to shifts in the world culture of human rights. Stern's analysis integrates policymaking by elites, grassroots efforts by human rights victims and activists, and inside accounts of the truth commissions and courts where top-down and bottom-up initiatives met. Interpreting solemn presidential speeches, raucous street protests, interviews, journalism, humor, cinema, and other sources, he describes the slow, imperfect, but surprisingly forceful advance of efforts to revive democratic values through public memory struggles, despite the power still wielded by the military and a conservative social base including the investor class. Over time, resourceful civil-society activists and select state actors won hard-fought, if limited, gains. As a result, Chileans were able to face the unwelcome past more honestly, launch the world's first truth commission to examine torture, ensnare high-level perpetrators in the web of criminal justice, and build a public culture of human rights. Stern provides an important conceptualization of collective memory in the wake of national trauma in this magisterial work of history." -- Publisher description
LC subject Pinochet Ugarte, Augusto
Chile -- History -- 1973-1988
Chile -- History -- 1988-
Chile -- History -- Coup d'état, 1973 -- Psychological aspects
Collective memory -- Chile
Alt Title Memory question in democratic Chile, 1989-2006
ISBN 9780822347125 (cloth : alk. paper)
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