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Disappearances in the Post-Transition Era in Latin America

Karina Ansolabehere, Barbara A. Frey, and Leigh A. Payne


The book identifies a new human rights phenomenon. While disappearances have tended to be associated with authoritarian state and armed conflict periods, the study looks at these acts carried out in procedural democracies where democratic institutions prevail. Specifically, the book manuscript analyses disappearances in four Latin American countries (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and El Salvador) which provide insights into the dimensions of this contemporary social problem. The theoretical framing for the volume links contemporary disappearances with certain logics that emerged in the authoritar ... More

Keywords: Disappearances, Human rights legal framework, Human rights violations, Latin America, Logics of disappearance, Post-transitional democracies, Victims testimonies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197267226
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197267226.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karina Ansolabehere, editor
National Autonomous University of Mexico

Barbara A. Frey, editor
University of Minnesota

Leigh A. Payne, editor
University of Oxford

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Karina Ansolabehere, Barbara A. Frey, and Leigh A. Payne *

Part I Theoretical Framework

1 Conceptualising Post-Transition Disappearances

Leigh A. Payne and Karina Ansolabehere

Part II Country Case Studies


3 My Promise to Look for You

Lulú Herrera with Paula Cuellar Cuellar


6 Woman, Mother, Human Rights Defender

Débora Maria da Silva with Raiane Patrícia Severino Assumpção


9 Letters for Santiago

Sergio Maldonado, Germán Maldonado, Stella Peloso, and Enrique Maldonado

10 Disappearances in Post-Transitional Argentina: A Challenge for Human Rights Interventions

Natalia Federman, Marcela Perelman, Michelle Cañas Comas, and Gastón Chillier *

El Salvador

Part III Tools for Advocacy and Mobilisation

13 The Visual Image as a Tool of Power

Leigh A. Payne and Hunter Johnson


Silvan Mandolessi*

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