publication . Article . 2017

Truth at Any Cost? Law’s Power to Name Argentina’s Disappeared Grandchildren

Maria Rae;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2017 Journal: Oñati Socio-Legal Series (issn: 2079-5971, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law
<p>During Argentina&rsquo;s military dictatorship (1976-1983) more than 30,000 people disappeared including 500 babies who were stolen from detainees and given to military supporters. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo have been successful in lobbying for laws to reclaim these babies and make perpetrators accountable. This article explores one such law that made DNA testing on these now adult children compulsory. In drawing on Bourdieu&rsquo;s notion of law as a symbolic discourse of power it considers how this law could establish an authoritative reality that, in some cases, was contrary to the interests and experiences of the stolen grandchildren. Finally, ...
free text keywords: Argentina, Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Bourdieu, symbolic violence, human rights, Argentina, Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo, Bourdieu, violencia simbólica, derechos humanos, Social legislation, K7585-7595
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