Macarena Gómez-Barris

in Where Memory Dwells

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255838
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942493 | DOI:

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. One of the objectives of this book has been to draw out the complexities regarding issues of memory within post-dictatorship Chile, especially in terms of the persistence of state violence in the lived subjectivities of dictatorship victims. It has privileged the domain of representations precisely because they are meaningful and multifaceted sites that produce practices of cultural memory in the social field. Rather than mere repositories of memory, these sites offer symbols, testimonies, architectural spaces, images, and narrations of witness about state violence within Chile's public sphere. In addition, they structure and delimit the ways that democracy has failed to account for certain kinds of experiences, including the dramatic military counterrevolution, with grave human consequences.

Keywords: post-dictatorship Chile; memory; state violence

Chapter.  1655 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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