Abstract - Marina Malomud

This paper examines the development of the Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo from a single-issue protest movement to a permanent Argentine political unit. The Madres originally formed as a group of mothers searching for their children who had disappeared and later took on the cause of attaining justice for those murdered by the military dictatorship. Following re-democratization in Argentina in 1983, the Madres have adopted a radical, leftist agenda protesting myriad social, economic and political injustices in Latin America and abroad. The Madresí development has predominantly been analyzed through the lens of interpersonal and transnational links and historical background.

This study analyzes the motivating factors behind the groupís issue-adoption and development, following the methodology of a content analysis of 37 primary documents published by the Madres from 1988 to 2010. Among the aspects considered are the Madresí decision to socialize maternity in 1986, the groupís determination to continue their childrenís agenda, their perception of a link between the abuses of the military dictatorship and the capitalist system and their understanding of the nature of economic and political hegemony.

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