oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Las madres de Plaza de Mayo filial Neuquén y Alto Valle. Un en resistencia

Volume 4, Issue 2-3
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Mothers of Plaza de Mayo from Neuquén and Alto Valle were created by those mothers whose children were kidnapped and disappeared during the last military dictatorship in Argentina. By the early eighties, the close relationship among Mothers of Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires and the activities they made together led to the constitution of the secondary office in Alto Valle, Mothers Alto Valle. It was the first one in Argentina. When in 1986 the organization split up, Mothers Alto Valle chose to support the non-partisan character of the organization and kept a critical position about the human rights policies of the government. In the current political situation, since 2003, those principles that caused the division of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo in 1986 are raised by Mothers Alto Valle. In this paper we analyze the self-image (the ethos) of Mothers Alto Valle and the values that they show according to their common premises. Particularly, we focus on the discourses used to discuss with Mothers from Buenos Aires, who support the national government's policies since 2003. Our aim is to show what kind of values, proofs and arguments the Patagonian Mothers develop to argue with Mothers from Buenos Aires. For this purpose, we are going to use the Ancient and the New rhetoric tools to analyze a corpus. The corpus consists of public communications and documentary films made in the years 2003-2012 by the Alto Valle Secondary Office.

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