Elena Zapponi

La seconda vita di una madre. Le Madri di plaza de Mayo e la cultura della memoria

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  • This essay analyzes the contemporary culture of memory in Buenos Aires. The development of this culture since the democratic transition â€
  • and since Nestor Kirchnerâ€
  • s turn in government in particular â€
  • is investigated. Data come from field-work research during the period of Cristina Kirchnerâ€
  • s election victory in 2007. The official explanation of the duty to remember in order to re-establish the nationâ€
  • s democratic basis is shown through an analysis of Buenos Airesâ€
  • s urban landscape
  • and the building of such places of memory as the Museum of Memory and the Park of Memory
  • coinciding respectively with Nestor Kirchnerâ€
  • s first election
  • and with Cristina Kirchnerâ€
  • s election. The analysis of contemporary collective sensibility about the past dictatorship introduces an interview with a Madre de Plaza de Mayo
  • suggesting the task of watching over memory
  • and of coping with its current multiple interpretations


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