New Cultural History of Peronism Power and Identity in Mid-Twentieth-Century Argentina

ISBN-10: 0822347385
ISBN-13: 9780822347385
Edition: 2010
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Description: In nearly every account of modern Argentine history, the first Peronist regime (194655) emerges as the critical juncture. Appealing to growing masses of industrial workers, Juan Peroacute;n built a powerful populist movement that transformed  More...

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List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 5/21/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

In nearly every account of modern Argentine history, the first Peronist regime (194655) emerges as the critical juncture. Appealing to growing masses of industrial workers, Juan Peroacute;n built a powerful populist movement that transformed economic and political structures, promulgated new conceptions and representations of the nation, and deeply polarized the Argentine populace. Yet until now, most scholarship on Peronism has been constrained by a narrow, top-down perspective. Inspired by the pioneering work of the historian Daniel James and new approaches to Latin American cultural history, scholars have recently begun to rewrite the history of mid-twentieth-century Argentina.The New Cultural History of Peronismbrings together the best of this important new scholarship. Situating Peronism within the broad arc of twentieth-century Argentine cultural change, the contributors focus on the interplay among cultural traditions, official policies, commercial imperatives, and popular perceptions. They describe how the Peroacute;n regime's rhetoric and representations helped to produce new ideas of national and collective identity. At the same time, they show how Argentines pursued their interests through their engagement with the Peronist project, and, in so doing, pushed and pulled the regime in new directions. While the volume's emphasis is on the first Peroacute;n presidency, one contributor explores the origins of the regime and two others consider Peronism's transformations in subsequent years. The essays address topics including mass culture and melodrama, folk music, pageants, social respectability, architecture, and the intense emotional investment inspired by Peronism. They examine the experiences of women, indigenous groups, middle-class anti-Peronists, internal migrants, academics, and workers. By illuminating the connections between the state and popular consciousness,The New Cultural History of Peronismexposes the contradictions and ambivalences that have characterized Argentine populism.

Matthew B. Karush is Associate Professor of History at George Mason University. He is the author ofWorkers or Citizens: Democracy and Identity in Rosario, Argentina (1912ndash;1930)and a co-editor ofThe New Cultural History of Peronism: Power and Identity in Mid-Twentieth-Century Argentina, also published by Duke University Press.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Populism, Melodrama, and the Market: The Mass Cultural Origins of Peronism
Peronists and Cabecitas: Stereotypes and Anxieties at the Peak of Social Change
The Mal�n De La Paz of 1946: Indigenous Descamisados at the Dawn of Peronism
Criollo and Peronist: The Argentine Folklore Movement during the First Peronism, 1943-1955
Unforgettable Kitsch: Images around Eva Per�n
Working-Class Beauty Queens Under Peronism
Peronism in "Good Taste": Culture and Consumption in the Magazine Argentina
Political Emotions and the Origins of the Peronist Resistance
Final Reflections
Bibliography
About the Contributors
Index

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