Chileans in Exile: Private Struggles, Public Lives by Diana Kay

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The exiles had still been in Latin America, sufficiently close to be in daily touch with Chilean events and prepared for a speedy return should this become possible. The initial period after the coup had been characterised by generalised uncertainty, confusion and fear. Sergio, who had crossed the border into Argentina a month after the coup, related how: We hadn't the slightest idea at that time that we were going to be such a long time outside the country. Until about a year after the coup there was widespread confusion throughout the whole of Chilean society so it was almost impossible for anybody to visualise their future clearly.

Ricardo apologised twice to my husband - in my presence - for failing to keep an interview appointment. Likewise, some housewives thought I must have male permission to undertake such a study. ' was one of the first things which Silvia asked me. Being a woman not only enabled me to probe into political matters Accounts and Accounting 33 in a seemingly less threatening way than a man, but also meant that I had easy and comfortable access to women in exile. It would have been difficult, if not impossible in some cases, for a male researcher to be left alone in the home with a Chilean woman.

They used the Accounts and Accounting 31 interview to find out things which they needed to know or which puzzled them about life here. I often accompanied the women to the doctor, translated Chilean folk-songs into English, helped with form-filling and securing information. In this way a degree of reciprocity entered the relationship. Rather than minimising my role in the interview interaction, I saw myself as actively influencing the quality and scope of the data obtained. For one thing, how people saw me had a bearing on how much and what they decided to reveal about themselves.

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