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

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

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dc.contributor.advisor Sønneland, Anne-Margrethe
dc.contributor.author Gjerløw, Beate
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-12T11:23:23Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-12T11:23:23Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-31
dc.description.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.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10037/4351
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:no-uit_munin_4070
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Universitetet i Tromsø
dc.publisher University of Tromsø
dc.subject.courseID SVF-3901
dc.subject VDP::Social science: 200
dc.subject Transitional Justice
dc.title Questioning and assuming identities in a process of transitional justice : the case of Argentina’s found grandchildren
dc.type Master thesis
dc.type Mastergradsoppgave


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