Analysis Of Taking Space, By Marguerite Bou Bouvards

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Iris Young, a 20th century political theorist, believes that “the powerless have little or no autonomy, exercise little creativity or judgement,..have no..authority, express themselves awkwardly, especially in public, and do not command respect.” After reading Marguerite Bouvards "Taking Space: Women and Political Power," I have come to conclude that this is not the case, and believe that civil disobedience holds a very important role in social change, location can have a direct impact on the success of a movement and, powerlessness can ,in fact, be overcome.
The mothers used many forms of civil disobedience to make their grievances regarding their government and ‘disappeared’ children known to other citizens of Argentina and to the world.
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The mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and Marguerite Bouvard help to clearly demonstrate that that is not the case. The Mothers used civil disobedience to go against social norms and gain the attention that was never afforded to them by their society or government before. They took advantage of an unfortunate situation by seizing an ideal location in a public area to voice their grievances, which helped them get the attention of their fellow citizens, and the world, and further empowered them to defeat their tyrannical government. David Meyer outlined that civil disobedience and location are key factors in social movements. The Mothers were able to use both of these ideas to triumph over their powerlessness and defeat the idea set forth by Iris Young that powerlessness cannot be overcome because of little or no autonomy, creativity, poor judgement, and inability to command respect. Through their newly gained power the Mother of the Plaza de Mayo were able to attain their goal of demanding answers from their government about the disappearances of their children, and bring the people responsible for their children’s deaths to

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