How has grief tourism re-defined the social and judicial progress of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo?
The intent of this thesis is to examine the ways in which grief tourism has
changed the nature and progress of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo as an organized group
of mothers who have spent thirty years searching for answers about the fate of their
disappeared children. This thesis will provide a historical overview of the Dirty War
followed by a definition of grief tourism and an analysis of touristâ s motivations to visit
sites of death and disaster.
With the increase and development of mass communications, people are able to
research and discover remote corners of the world very easily. Furthermore, death and
disaster always features as the predominant portion of the daily news. With the free
flow of information, whether desired or not, coupled with an innate fascination for the
morose, one is enticed to discover and visit sites of death and disaster.
Grief tourism has linked visitor destinations all over the world including the
concentration camps in Germany, Ground Zero in New York and now, the Plaza de
Mayo in Argentina. Research indicates that grief tourism emerges in many differing forms of tourism, cultural being the most prominent. The research also shows that
visitation to such sites is becoming increasingly popular.
During the thirty years of their campaign, the Madres de Plaza de Mayo have
been successful in bringing to justice many of the military leaders guilty of human rights
violations, assassination and murder. Having partially met their initial goal, the Madres
have continued to focus their attention on other human rights work. Their new found
enterprises are intertwined with increasing visitation to the Plaza de Mayo. They have
used tourism to their advantage in helping attain their goal of achieving a free Argentina.
Advisor:Eide, Marian; Misemer, Sarah; Stabile, Susan
School:Texas A&M University
School Location:USA - Texas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:05/01/2008