Contentious Lives : Two Argentine Women, Two Protests, and the Quest for Recognition / Edition 1

Contentious Lives : Two Argentine Women, Two Protests, and the Quest for Recognition / Edition 1

by Javier Auyero
     
 

Contentious Lives examines the ways popular protests are experienced and remembered, individually and collectively, by those who participate in them. Javier Auyero focuses on the roles of two young women, Nana and Laura, in uprisings in Argentina (the two-day protest in the northwestern city of Santiago del Estero in 1993 and the six-day road blockade in the southern… See more details below

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Contentious Lives examines the ways popular protests are experienced and remembered, individually and collectively, by those who participate in them. Javier Auyero focuses on the roles of two young women, Nana and Laura, in uprisings in Argentina (the two-day protest in the northwestern city of Santiago del Estero in 1993 and the six-day road blockade in the southern oil towns of Cutral-co and Plaza Huincul in 1996) and the roles of the protests in their lives. Laura was the spokesperson of the picketers in Cutral-co and Plaza Huincul; Nana was an activist in the 1993 protests. In addition to exploring the effects of these episodes on their lives, Auyero considers how each woman's experiences shaped what she said and did during the uprisings, and later, the ways she recalled the events. While the protests were responses to the consequences of political corruption and structural adjustment policies, they were also, as Nana's and Laura's stories reveal, quests for recognition, respect, and dignity.

Auyero reconstructs Nana's and Laura's biographies through oral histories and diaries. Drawing on interviews with many other protesters, newspaper articles, judicial records, government reports, and video footage, he provides sociological and historical context for their stories. The women's accounts reveal the frustrations of lives overwhelmed by gender domination, the deprivations brought about by hyper-unemployment and the withering of the welfare component of the state, and the achievements and costs of collective action. Balancing attention to large-scale political and economic processes with acknowledgment of the plurality of meanings emanating from personal experiences, Contentious Lives is an insightful, penetrating, and timely contribution to discussions of popular resistance and the combined effects of globalization, neoliberal economic policies, and political corruption in Argentina and elsewhere.


About the Author

Javier Auyero is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author of Poor People's Politics: Peronist Survival Networks and the Legacy of Evita (Duke University Press), winner of the 2001 Best Book award from the New England Council of Latin American Studies (neclas) and a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900822331154
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition

Table of Contents

About the Series
Acknowledgments
Introduction: On the Intersection of Individual and Collective Biographies and Protest1
Pt. IThe Picketer15
1The Day before the Pueblada: A Town on the Edge29
2Laura's Life: "How Did I Fall So Far?"48
3Being-in-the-Road: Insurgent Identities60
4After the Road: Contentious Legacies89
Pt. IIThe Queen of the Riot101
5The Lived 1993: The Coming and Making of the Explosion115
6The Lived Sixteenth: The Feast and the Remains of the Riot137
7Nana's Life: "Thirty-six Years of Crap"153
8Contested Memories172
Conclusions: Ethnography and Recognition191
App.: On Fieldwork, Theory, and the Question of Biography201
Notes209
References217
Index229

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