Stories from Inside: The Prisons Memory Archive
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This chapter focuses on the role of the state in producing public memory through rituals of witnessing private memory during political transition. It investigates the political uses of individual traumatic memory in post-conflict contexts to help produce a consensual memory as the basis for political reconciliation. The focus of transitional justice was the production of collective memory about "disappearance", the trademark policy of repression used during the Argentinian dictatorship. The chapter explores three key themes to investigate state production of public memory about violent repression: first, the production of public memory from private memory, second the reconstitution of the significance of historical violence events and third the problem of witnessing. Truth politics is supposed to be the basis for justice and reconciliation and to promote moral renewal. The victim's testimony becomes a source which provides the opportunity through witnessing to produce a transactional memory as public memory of past political violence.