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Fragile Memory, Shifting Impunity

Commemoration and Contestation in Post-Dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay


Cara Levey

Fragile Memory, Shifting Impunity is an interdisciplinary study of commemorative sites related to human rights violations committed primarily during dictatorial rule in Argentina (1976–1983) and Uruguay (1973–1985). Taking as a departure point the ‘politics of memory’ – a term that acknowledges memory’s propensity for engagement beyond the cultural sphere – this study shifts the focus away from exclusively aesthetic and architectural readings of marches, memorials and monuments to instead analyse their emergence and transformation in post-dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay. This book incorporates the role of state and societal actors and conflicts underpinning commemorative processes into its analysis, reading the sites within shifting contexts of impunity to explore their relationship to memory, truth seeking and justice in the long aftermath of dictatorship.

«Levey does a great job of setting out the study’s theoretical framework, engaging with very relevant and interesting debates in the field of memory studies.»
(Raquel da Silva, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 2018)

«Cara Levey’s book is a valuable contribution to politics of memory debates both within and beyond transitional justice policy frameworks. As a comparative politics scholar, Levey offers in-depth comparison of both a well-studied and a less well-studied case—Argentina and Uruguay—with suggestive indications for why the cases converge and diverge regarding key human rights policies and praxis.»
(Katherine Hite, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 6/2018)