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Ma-Ana Es San Per-N: A Cultural History of Peron's Argentina (Latin American Silhouettes)by Mariano Ben Plotkin
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The regime of Juan Per-n is one of the most studied topics of Argentina's contemporary history. This bookan English translation of a highly popular, critically acclaimed Spanish language editionprovides a new perspective on the intriguing Argentinian leader. Mariano Plotkin's cultural approach makes Per-n's popularity understandable because it goes beyond Per-n's charismatic appeal and analyzes the Peronist mechanisms used to generate political consent and mass mobilization. Ma-ana es San Per-n is the first book to focus on the cultural and symbolic dimensions of Per-nism and populism, this book explores the creation of myths, symbols, and rituals that constituted the Per-nist political imagery. This well-written and engaging account of one of Latin America's most colorful and appealing leaders is an excellent resource on Argentina and Latin American history and politics.
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Concerned primarily with the formation of political culture, Plotkin (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina) explores the mechanisms of political consent (both active and passive) used by the authoritarian regime of Juan Domingo Per<'o>n to maintain and extend its power. Peronist political imagery and the institutional framework that supported the creation of the "symbolic apparatus" are examined. Going beyond traditional explanations that have concentrated on Peron's support among the organized working class, Plotkin looks into his mobilization of marginal sectors of the population (non-unionized workers, women, and the poor). Translated from the 1993 Spanish- language work.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-248) and index.
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