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Searching for Life: Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo

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FROM THE BOOK:"I want to touch you and kiss you.""You are my mother's sister and only one year older; you must have something of my mother in you."and#151;A found child after being returned to her family

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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"An acute and impassioned observer, Rita Arditti describes Argentina's 'dirty war' years and the heroic struggle of a group of Argentine grandmothers who set out, against all odds, to trace the whereabouts of their disappeared children and grandchildren. Admirably comprehensive, Searching for Life reminds us how ordinary citizens can stand up to tyranny and prevail. Even today, the evidence collected by this tenacious group of detectives has led to the arrest of one of the military junta leaders, General Jorge Videla. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo are truly the unsung heroes of our time."and#151;E ric Stover, Director, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley

"The power of RIta Arditti's Searching for Life lies in its thorough, incontrovertible information, and the irrefutable condition of historical truths. Her book is living, faithful and incorruptible monument that protects us against the dangers of forgetting. Her account is an indispensable weapon for those of us who have been protagonists, and as a way to awaken those who were spectators and those who have opted for the comforts of blindness."and#151;Alicia Kozameh, author of Steps Under Water

Synopsis:

This book is a harrowing account of the disappearance of thousands of Argentine children from 1976-1983, and of the women, known as the Grandmothers, who mobilized against the junta to reclaim their children.

About the Author

Rita Arditti is part of the Core Faculty at the College of Graduate Studies of the Union Institute. She is coeditor of Test-Tube Womenand#151;What Future for Motherhood? (1984) and Science and Liberation (1980). She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520215702
Author:
Arditti, Rita
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Missing children
Subject:
Asociacion de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo
Subject:
Civil rights -- Argentina.
Subject:
Missing children -- Argentina -- Family relationships.
Subject:
Children of disappeared persons
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Subject:
Latin america
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 b/w illustrations
Pages:
251
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.15 lb

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"An acute and impassioned observer, Rita Arditti describes Argentina's 'dirty war' years and the heroic struggle of a group of Argentine grandmothers who set out, against all odds, to trace the whereabouts of their disappeared children and grandchildren. Admirably comprehensive, Searching for Life reminds us how ordinary citizens can stand up to tyranny and prevail. Even today, the evidence collected by this tenacious group of detectives has led to the arrest of one of the military junta leaders, General Jorge Videla. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo are truly the unsung heroes of our time."and#151;E ric Stover, Director, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley

"The power of RIta Arditti's Searching for Life lies in its thorough, incontrovertible information, and the irrefutable condition of historical truths. Her book is living, faithful and incorruptible monument that protects us against the dangers of forgetting. Her account is an indispensable weapon for those of us who have been protagonists, and as a way to awaken those who were spectators and those who have opted for the comforts of blindness."and#151;Alicia Kozameh, author of Steps Under Water

"Synopsis" by , This book is a harrowing account of the disappearance of thousands of Argentine children from 1976-1983, and of the women, known as the Grandmothers, who mobilized against the junta to reclaim their children.
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