Mending the past: A comparative study of victim reparations in three Latin American countries (completed)
This project aims to explore the treatment of the issue of victim reparations in three Latin American countries - Peru, Guatemala and Chile.
About the project
This post-doctoral research project aims to explore the treatment of the issue of victim reparations in three Latin American countries – Peru, Guatemala and Chile – by focusing on the conceptual framework of their respective reparation programs, and the implications this has for the identification and role assigned to target beneficiaries, both in social and historical terms.
My main argument is that the way reparations and beneficiaries are conceptualized in a given society has important implications for the interpretation and construction of the past. In this manner, the issue of reparations is immersed in processes of history construction and nation-building, thus becoming also subject to struggle and contestation within society.
Primary research will be undertaken in Peru and Guatemala, while the Chilean experience will serve as a reference case.
Project period 2007-2010
Norwegian Research Council