Remembering Pinochet: Chile's Contested Memories of the Dictatorship
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My thesis will examine how Chileans of different social, ethnic, and political backgrounds remember the Pinochet dictatorship of 1973 to 1990 and how the events and memories of that time period are contested. My paper will also examine secondary memories by looking at how Chileans who were not alive during the Pinochet regime remember the dictatorship. In order to gain a thorough understanding of how Chileans remember the Pinochet regime and how Chile should move towards reconciliation I conducted extensive interviews with a variety of Chileans about these topics and also visited numerous memorial sights within Chile. This study of Chilean memories is important because the dictatorship continues to be the most controversial and contested period of time in Chile's recent history. Collective memories are points of contestation and struggle between different social and political groups, but are relevant and important for understanding the past and contextualizing the events of the past with current social and political struggles.