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Truth at any cost? Law's power to name Argentina's disappeared grandchildren

Rae, Maria 2017, Truth at any cost? Law's power to name Argentina's disappeared grandchildren, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 324-336.

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Title Truth at any cost? Law's power to name Argentina's disappeared grandchildren
Author(s) Rae, MariaORCID iD for Rae, Maria orcid.org/0000-0002-3366-620X
Journal name Oñati Socio-Legal Series
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 324
End page 336
Total pages 13
Publisher Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law
Place of publication Onati, Spain
Publication date 2017-06-01
ISSN 2079-5971
Summary  During Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976-1983) more than 30,000 people disappeared including 500 babies who were stolen from detainees and given to military supporters. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo have been successful in lobbying for laws to reclaim these babies and make perpetrators accountable. This article explores one such law that made DNA testing on these now adult children compulsory. In drawing on Bourdieu’s notion of law as a symbolic discourse of power it considers how this law could establish an authoritative reality that, in some cases, was contrary to the interests and experiences of the stolen grandchildren. Finally, it argues there must be caution about legal responses that can have the unintended consequences of continuing similar harms of the past.
Language eng
Field of Research 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
Copyright notice ©2017, The Author
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102150

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