• Ethics of Responsibility or Ethics of Principles? Trauma and Neoliberalism in Latin America: The ‘Periphery’ Gone Global.

    Walescka Pino-Ojeda (see profile)
    Latin American history, Latin American studies, Politics
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    The traumatic experiences of Latin American countries from 1950s to the 1980s clearly illustrate the region’s political circumstances during the Cold War. Although many other regions shared authoritarian experiences during this period, David Harvey asserts that the South American dictatorial regimes of 1970s-1980s may be distinguished as the direct consequence of political-economic engineering. I focus my attention on Chile—and to a lesser extent Argentina—with the purpose of providing a comparative framework to examine the Southern Cone as an object of analysis in terms of the rise and social and cultural impact of neoliberal policies. While sharing a similar imposition of neoliberalism through authoritarianism, both nations have nonetheless experienced significant divergences in their respective socio-political trajectories during the last 15 years. In the Argentine case, this has been driven by the after-effects of the 2001 financial collapse, when neoliberal economic policies were drastically displaced, while at the same time making considerable progress in addressing human rights issues. Until recently, Chile, on the other hand, has continued to deepen and refine the implementation of neoliberal agendas.
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