Chapter 4

Living to tell the story

Healing, social denial and redress in Uruguay

Gabriela Fried Amilivia

This chapter focuses on healing and reconciliation after state terror in the context of enduring social silencing and institutional denial. It examines the relationship between healing, remembering and silencing processes based on an analysis of the experiences of a group of former political prisoners, survivors of prolonged detention and systematic physical and psychological torture, during and after the Uruguayan state terror regime. In the current literature on the politics of reconciliation, reconciliation is understood in a variety of ways from a process of overcoming a fractured polity (Barkan 2001; Minow 1999; Skaar et al. 2005) ...

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