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Where Memory DwellsCulture and State Violence in Chile$
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Macarena Gomez-Barris

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520255838

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520255838.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Rivers of Memory

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(p.153) Conclusion
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Where Memory Dwells
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Macarena Gómez-Barris

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255838.003.0006

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

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