Cultural Residues: Chile In Transition (Mcsa-Cultural by Nelly Richard, Alan West-Duran, Theodore Quester

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The consensus that represses that emotional unleashing of memory only names the past with words exempt from the convulsions of sense, so as not to alter the minute and calculated formularization of political and mediated exchanges. 18 Cites/Sites of Violence The consensus’s official scenario has made memory into a double citation, respectful and almost painless. 6 Moreover, the consensus summons us all, regardless; it convenes us and brings us together around the cited memory, inviting us to share the simple value of taking note of something—expurgated of all personal reckoning—with which public discourse formally settles its debts with the past without too much grief, without ever dealing with the aversions, supplications, hostilities, and resentments that tear apart real human beings.

I felt that everything had finished for me. ”3 From the moment of their initial detention and incarceration, Merino and Arce were forced by coercive measures to tell the truth. To tell the truth, to confess what they knew, was the condition for the body to be saved from torture, in exchange for a few names. Nowadays, in the context of the publication and rereading of these autobiographies, it seems that bodies and names again become objects of a sinister extortion. ” (nonidentifiable body), one would have to make the agents of that violence anonymous, in spite of knowing who they are.

The first response was organized from within sociology to comprehend the social transformations during the dictatorial paradigm—“repression” and “modernization”—that functionalized the social and the political through analyses that had adjusted to these changes. 32 The discourse of the social sciences organized the symptoms of the crisis using a language that restored processes and subjects: a language, therefore, incompatible—in its will to rebuild a normativity—with what had been broken, separated, a landscape of divided social and cultural subjectivities.

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