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Mending Broken Lives

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Material Information

Title: Mending Broken Lives Recovery among Argentina's Family Members of the 'Disappeared'
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Murray, Timothy
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Political Violence
Cultural Trauma
Recovery
Social Suffering
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted thirty years after Argentina's most gruesome dictatorship (1976-1983), this thesis examines the mutual reconstitution of selves and society in the wake of cultural trauma. In a decidedly 'person-centered' fashion, I focus on the stories of family members of the 'disappeared' who have added political action to their grief process. Framing the experience of the' disappearance' of a loved one as a social wound, I suggest that individual coping and the procedural recovery of the nation are inextricably linked. The current trials against ex-repressors were a performative context that elicited self-presentations of family members both as wounded citizens and as ethical redeemers of their own lives, and sometimes of the nation. This is a philosophically-informed ethnography, which draws largely on the work of Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault. Using these theorists, I account for the constitution and maintenance of new patterns of sociality through political action and story telling-specifically, how the persistence oHoss and pain in the experience of the everyday is made meaningful in contexts of social suffering and the public sphere. Finally, I privilege agenthood over victimhood by claiming that for many, the reconstitution of a shattered self has generated oppositional social identities.
Statement of Responsibility: by Timothy Murray
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Vesperi, Maria; Flakne, April

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 M98
System ID: NCFE003823:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003823/00001

Material Information

Title: Mending Broken Lives Recovery among Argentina's Family Members of the 'Disappeared'
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Murray, Timothy
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Political Violence
Cultural Trauma
Recovery
Social Suffering
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted thirty years after Argentina's most gruesome dictatorship (1976-1983), this thesis examines the mutual reconstitution of selves and society in the wake of cultural trauma. In a decidedly 'person-centered' fashion, I focus on the stories of family members of the 'disappeared' who have added political action to their grief process. Framing the experience of the' disappearance' of a loved one as a social wound, I suggest that individual coping and the procedural recovery of the nation are inextricably linked. The current trials against ex-repressors were a performative context that elicited self-presentations of family members both as wounded citizens and as ethical redeemers of their own lives, and sometimes of the nation. This is a philosophically-informed ethnography, which draws largely on the work of Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault. Using these theorists, I account for the constitution and maintenance of new patterns of sociality through political action and story telling-specifically, how the persistence oHoss and pain in the experience of the everyday is made meaningful in contexts of social suffering and the public sphere. Finally, I privilege agenthood over victimhood by claiming that for many, the reconstitution of a shattered self has generated oppositional social identities.
Statement of Responsibility: by Timothy Murray
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Vesperi, Maria; Flakne, April

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 M98
System ID: NCFE003823:00001

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