One of the current debates in the Chilean political-institutional field concerns the political effects of remembering or forgetting a recent past marked as conflicted and violent. The article analyzes the production of politics of memory in a field that has hardly been explored before: everyday discourse. From a qualitative perspective and with a discursive approach, the authors analyze material from 5 discussion groups made up of people who differ regarding their: (a) ideology (left and right), (b) generation (adult, young adult and late adolescent), and (c) involvement in human rights violations between 1973 and 1990 (victim of political repression, victims' relative, military personnel, and relative of military personnel). A structural sample was used, comprising 48 people in total. The analysis reveals the impossibility of attaining national reconciliation, suggesting instead a coexistence with the conflict between different versions of the past. The discursive tactics employed for this coexistence involve the production of policies aimed at depoliticizing memory, thus diminishing its power as a means for reflection and debate regarding how Chileans live together in society and how they want to coexist. ©2013 by Psykhe.
|Translated title of the contribution||The politics of memory as seen from everyday discourse: The depoliticization of the recent past in today's chile|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2013|
- Everyday discourse
- politics of memory