Revolutionizing Motherhood by Marguerite Guzman Bouvard
The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Latin American Silhouettes)

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Revolutionizing Motherhood examines one of the most astonishing human rights movements of recent years. During the Argentine junta's Dirty War against subversives, as tens of thousands were abducted, tortured, and disappeared, a group of women forged the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and changed Argentine politics forever.

The Mothers began in the 1970s as an informal group of working-class housewives making the rounds of prisons and military barracks in search of their disappeared children. As they realized that both state and church officials were conspiring to withhold information, they started to protest, claiming the administrative center of Argentina the Plaza de Mayo for their center stage.

In this volume, Marguerite G. Bouvard traces the history of the Mothers and examines how they have transformed maternity from a passive, domestic role to one of public strength. Bouvard also gives a detailed history of contemporary Argentina, including the military's debacle in the Falklands, the fall of the junta, and the efforts of subsequent governments to reach an accord with the Mothers. Finally, she examines their current agenda and their continuing struggle to bring the murderers of their children to justice.

 

About Marguerite Guzman Bouvard

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MARGUERITE GUZMAN BOUVARD received her Ph.D. from Harvard and was for many years a professor of political science and creative writing at Regis College. She has authored books in the fields of politics, psychology, women's studies and poetry, among them the important The Path Through Grief: A Compassionate Guide and Revolutionizing Motherhood: The Mothers of the Plaza de mayo (1998).
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 278 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Bouvard counters criticism from some feminists that the Mothers cling to a maternal role and support a patriarchal structure, asserting that ``They have redefined the private and public spheres and sought to create a political space where the two combine in their organization and political agenda...

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