Tell me your story about the Chilean dictatorship: When doing memory is taking positions

Marcela Cornejo (Lead / Corresponding author), Carolina Rocha, Nicolás Villarroel, Enzo Cáceres, Anastassia Vivanco

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The current memory struggles about the Chilean dictatorship makes it increasingly relevant to hear a diverse range of voices on the subject. One way of addressing this is to study autobiographical narratives, in which people construct a character to present themselves as the protagonists of a story by taking multiple positions regarding what is remembered. This article presents a study that analyzed the life stories of Chilean people (diverse in their generations, cities, experiences of political repression, political orientations and socio-economic levels) and that distinguished between the positions that they take when presenting themselves as the protagonists of an autobiographical story about the Chilean dictatorship. The results point to salient and recurrent positions that allow people to earn the right to be considered part of the social history of the dictatorship, that involve different definitions regarding those responsible and the victims of what happened, and that unveil a strong family and filial logic of remembering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-616
Number of pages16
JournalMemory Studies
Issue number4
Early online date8 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • autobiographical character
  • Chilean dictatorship
  • collective memory
  • life stories
  • taking positions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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