Questioning and assuming identities in a process of transitional justice : the case of Argentina’s found grandchildren

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Title: Questioning and assuming identities in a process of transitional justice : the case of Argentina’s found grandchildren
Author: Gjerløw, Beate
Date: 31-May-2012
Type: Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave
Abstract: How do Argentina’s found grandchildren experience knowing the truth about their biological origins, and how does this influence their identity? Their identification, restitution and reconstruction of identity has been and will continue to be closely linked to Argentina’s transitional justice process. We need more knowledge about how victims of political violence experience transitional justice measures. Therefore, one of the purposes of this thesis is to contribute to a more profound understanding of what such processes imply for a society and its individuals through the context-specific study of one particular aspect of a transitional justice process. For all of my informants, getting to know the truth about their biological origins has been experienced as what Giddens (1991) refers to as a fateful moment that would change their lives. Each individual has a unique story, yet, I find that the found grandchildren have all gone through three different phases; identification – restitution – reconstruction of identity. I consider the identification and restitution as events limited in time, whereas I view the reconstruction of identity as an ongoing and continuous process in which each person is trying to restore a sense of coherent identity.
Publisher: Universitetet i Tromsø; University of Tromsø
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10037/4351


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