Children and the Afterlife of State Violence

Memories of Dictatorship

  • Daniela Jara

Part of the Memory Politics and Transitional Justice book series (MPTJ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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    Pages 1-36
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    Pages 37-60
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    Pages 61-87
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    Pages 117-148
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    Pages 149-166
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 167-168

About this book


This book examines memories of political violence in Chile after the 1973 coup and a 17-years-long dictatorship. Based on individual and group interviews, it focuses on the second generation children, adults today, born to parents who were opponents of Pinochet´s regime. Focusing on their lived experience, the intersection between private and public realms during Pinochet’s politics of fear regime, and the afterlife of violence in the post-dictatorship, the book is concerned with new dilemmas and perspectives that stem from the intergenerational transmission of political memories. It reflects critically on the role of family memories in the broader field of memory in Chile, demonstrating the dynamics of how later generations appropriate and inhabit their family political legacies. The book suggests how the second generation cultural memory redefines the concept of victimhood and propels society into a broader process of recognition.


memory political memory Chile Pinochet family trauma state violence postdictatorships intergenerational memory

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniela Jara
    • 1
  1. 1.y el Conflicto COES, Santiago, ChileCentro de Estudios de la Cohesión SocialSANTIAGOChile

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