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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
Arditti, Rita, 1934-
Searching for life.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1999
|Material Type:||Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|ISBN:||9780520921665 0520921666 0585329788 9780585329789|
|Description:||1 online resource (xvi, 235 pages) : illustrations|
|Contents:||Not just one more coup --
The fall of the regime --
The grandmothers organize --
From terror to resistance --
Finding the children --
Captive minds, captive lives --
A new strategy: the right to identity --
The politics of memory.
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 to 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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- Asociación de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo.
- Children of disappeared persons -- Family relationships -- Argentina.
- Missing children -- Family relationships -- Argentina.
- Civil rights -- Argentina.
- POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
- POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.