Revolutionizing Motherhood: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1994 - Political Science - 278 pages
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Revolutionizing Motherhood examines one of the most astonishing human rights movements of recent years. During the Argentine junta's Dirty War against subversives, as tens of thousands were abducted, tortured, and disappeared, a group of women forged the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and changed Argentine politics forever.

The Mothers began in the 1970s as an informal group of working-class housewives making the rounds of prisons and military barracks in search of their disappeared children. As they realized that both state and church officials were conspiring to withhold information, they started to protest, claiming the administrative center of Argentina the Plaza de Mayo for their center stage.

In this volume, Marguerite G. Bouvard traces the history of the Mothers and examines how they have transformed maternity from a passive, domestic role to one of public strength. Bouvard also gives a detailed history of contemporary Argentina, including the military's debacle in the Falklands, the fall of the junta, and the efforts of subsequent governments to reach an accord with the Mothers. Finally, she examines their current agenda and their continuing struggle to bring the murderers of their children to justice.


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Argentina was rich, modern, and semi-democratic until its economy faltered and left-wing violence paved the way for the brutal Dirty War of 1976-83. Disappearances and torture on the slightest ... Read full review


The Dirty War
The Politics of Violence and Terror
The Mothers Come Together
Resistance Mounts
The Junta Falls
Speaking Truth to Power
Socializing Maternity
Revolutionary Mothers
A New Model in the Struggle for Human Rights
Taking Space Women and Political Power

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Page 1 - ... Marguerite Guzman Bouvard (1994) says these women were able to mount such a powerful, persistent, and effective force against this brutal dictatorship precisely because they infused their politics with maternal values. Their practice of nurturing development, pacifism, cooperation, and mutual love revealed the military values of hierarchy, obedience, and the unchecked use of physical force so clearly that the Argentinean people could no longer stand back in silence. The developmental approach...

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MARGUERITE GUZMAN BOUVARD received her Ph.D. from Harvard and was for many years a professor of political science and creative writing at Regis College. She has authored books in the fields of politics, psychology, women's studies and poetry, among them the important The Path Through Grief: A Compassionate Guide and Revolutionizing Motherhood: The Mothers of the Plaza de mayo (1998).

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