They Used to Call Us Witches

They Used to Call Us Witches

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They Used to Call Us Witches is an informative, highly readable account of the role played by Chilean women exiles during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990. Sociologist Julie Shayne looks at the movement organized by exiled Chileans in Vancouver, British Columbia, to denounce Pinochet's dictatorship and support those who remained in Chile. Through the use of extensive interviews, the history is told from the perspective of Chilean women in the exile community established in Vancouver. Shayne tells the very human story of these exiled Chilean women, and in doing so, provides a glimpse into the struggle of other Chilean exile communities around the world. In addition to the Chilean women's activism against the Pinochet dictatorship, the book pays specific attention to their feminist activism. Shayne also shows how both culture and emotions inspired and sustained the women's social and political movements. They Used to Call Us Witches should be read by those interested in social movements, women's studies, feminism, Latin American politics and history, and cultural studies. For more information about this project, contact Julie Shayne at more

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  • Electronic book text | 320 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739144138
  • 9780739144138

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Julie Shayne examines Chilean women exiles in Vancouver, British Columbia, through a gendered lens to illuminate the central role of women in the resistance to the Pinochet dictatorship. This ground-breaking study is a must read for anyone interested in Latin American mass exile of the 1970s and 1980s and in women's history....--Thomas C. Wright, University of Nevada, Las Vegasshow more

About Julie D Shayne

Julie Shayne is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington-Bothell and an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington-Seattle, teaching courses about women, development, and social change in Latin America and the Third World. She is author of The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba, 2004, and editor of Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas, more

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