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The Argentine Silent Majority: Middle Classes, Politics, Violence, and Memory in the Seventies (Hardback)

Sebastián Carassai

Edité par Duke University Press, United States, 2014
ISBN 10: 0822355965 / ISBN 13: 9780822355960
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Titre : The Argentine Silent Majority: Middle ...

Éditeur : Duke University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2014

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. In The Argentine Silent Majority, Sebastian Carassai focuses on middle-class culture and politics in Argentina from the end of the 1960s. By considering the memories and ideologies of middle-class Argentines who did not get involved in political struggles, he expands thinking about the era to the larger society that activists and direct victims of state terror were part of and claimed to represent. Carassai conducted interviews with 200 people, mostly middle-class non-activists, but also journalists, politicians, scholars, and artists who were politically active during the 1970s. To account for local differences, he interviewed people from three sites: Buenos Aires; Tucuman, a provincial capital rocked by political turbulence; and Correa, a small town which did not experience great upheaval. He showed the middle-class non-activists a documentary featuring images and audio of popular culture and events from the 1970s. In the end Carassai concludes that, during the years of la violencia, members of the middle-class silent majority at times found themselves in agreement with radical sectors as they too opposed military authoritarianism but they never embraced a revolutionary program such as that put forward by the guerrilla groups or the most militant sectors of the labor movement. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780822355960

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Synopsis : In The Argentine Silent Majority, Sebastian Carassai focuses on middle-class culture and politics in Argentina from the end of the 1960s. By considering the memories and ideologies of middle-class Argentines who did not get involved in political struggles, he expands thinking about the era to the larger society that activists and direct victims of state terror were part of and claimed to represent. Carassai conducted interviews with 200 people, mostly middle-class non-activists, but also journalists, politicians, scholars, and artists who were politically active during the 1970s. To account for local differences, he interviewed people from three sites: Buenos Aires; Tucuman, a provincial capital rocked by political turbulence; and Correa, a small town which did not experience great upheaval. He showed the middle-class non-activists a documentary featuring images and audio of popular culture and events from the 1970s. In the end Carassai concludes that, during the years of la violencia, members of the middle-class silent majority at times found themselves in agreement with radical sectors as they too opposed military authoritarianism but they never embraced a revolutionary program such as that put forward by the guerrilla groups or the most militant sectors of the labor movement.

Critique: "The Argentine Silent Majority is a monumental piece of scholarship that powerfully illuminates a crucial period in Argentina's recent history. Sebastian Carassai's research - his thorough reading of the press, his analysis of key mass cultural works, his reconsideration of now obscure opinion polls, and, most impressively, the large number of interviews that he conducted in three distinct research sites - constitutes a major contribution to our understanding of the 1970s in Argentina." - Matthew Karush, author of Culture of Class: Race and Cinema in the Making of a Divided Argentina, 1920-1946 "This fabulous work recasts debate on fundamental issues in Argentine history. On the most basic level, it employs innovative methods and imaginative insights to transform our perception of class and politics in the years between the emergence of guerrilla movements and the return of democracy. A rich exploration of the mental world of Latin America's largest middle class, The Argentine Silent Majority is a tour de force work of research, theory, and analysis. It will become required reading for anyone interested in class, violence, and memory." - Mark Healey, author of The Ruins of the New Argentina: Peronism and the Remaking of San Juan after the 1944 Earthquake

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