DAIA Research Article Preprint

I know this isn’t really typical blog fare, but I figured I’d mention that I’ve just uploaded a preprint of one of the academic articles I’ve been working on these past few years, which will finally be published in this fall’s issue of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. In case you’re curious, the full thing is available here on the blog, footnotes and all. The abstract’s below, in case you’d like the story in under 160 words:

A New ‘Normal’: Political Complicity, Exclusionary Violence and the Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas During the Argentine Dirty War

Abstract: The military regime that controlled Argentina between 1976 and 1983 sought to radically depoliticize Argentine society through a violent campaign of social exclusion. Although this campaign required the active participation of the country’s major civil institutions, scholars of Argentina’s dictatorship and subsequent democratic transition have largely neglected the behavior of these key groups. This paper examines the conduct of one such institution, the Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas (DAIA, or the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations), the Jewish community’s official political representative. DAIA’s drive for normalcy in the face of disorienting violence led the group—like many civil institutions—to cooperate with an abhorrent regime. DAIA’s cooperation entailed no obvious crimes, but it did contribute markedly to the climate of fear and isolation central to the military’s repressive social project. Rather than continue to ignore the critical role played by groups like DAIA, transitional justice mechanisms must be developed to account for this ‘political’ sort of complicity.

WordPress won’t allow me to upload a doc file, but if you’d like a digital copy, just let me know–I’d be more than happy to pass one along!