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Contesting Legitimacy in Chile: Familial…

Contesting Legitimacy in Chile: Familial Ideals, Citizenship, and…

by Gwynn Thomas

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When supporters and critics of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet squared off against each other in the streets and elsewhere following his death in December 2006, most observers saw this as another stage in the continuing struggle between authoritarian and anti-authoritarian forces in Latin America. Gwynn Thomas, however, looks below the surface of these events to reveal a set of cultural beliefs and values surrounding the role of the family in Chilean life surprisingly shared by both sides. Her purpose in Contesting Legitimacy in Chile is to examine how this common attitude toward the family played itself out in the contentious politics of Chile during the 1970s and 1980s. Her analysis, drawing on election propaganda, political speeches, press releases, public service campaigns, magazines, newspaper articles, and televised political advertisements, covers the uses of family. It provides the language, symbols, metaphors, and images of the political conflicts that surrounded the election and overthrow of Allende's social democracy (1970-73), the installation and maintenance of Pinochet's military dictatorship (1973-90), and finally the transition back to democratic rule (1988-90).

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