Manana es San Peron: A Cultural History of Peron's Argentina / Edition 1by Mariano Ben Plotkin
Pub. Date: 10/28/2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
The regime of Juan Per-n is one of the most studied topics of Argentina's contemporary history. This new book_an English translation of a highly popular, critically acclaimed Spanish language edition_provides a new perspective on the intriguing Argentinian leader. Mariano Plotkin's cultural approach makes Per-n's popularity understandable because it goes beyond Per… See more details below
The regime of Juan Per-n is one of the most studied topics of Argentina's contemporary history. This new book_an English translation of a highly popular, critically acclaimed Spanish language edition_provides 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 Per-nist 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. Plotkin also presents important material for the study of populism and the modern state in this region.
Ma-ana es San Per-n explores the creation of myths, symbols, and rituals which constituted the Peronist political imagery. This political imagery was not designed to reinforce the legitimacy of a political system defined in abstract terms, but to assure the undisputed loyalty of different sectors of society to the Peronist government and to Per-n himself. The evolution of the institutional framework that made the creation of this symbolic apparatus possible is also discussed.
This well-researched book shows the methods designed by the Per-nist regime to broaden its social base through the incorporation and activation of groups which had traditionally occupied a marginalized position within the political system-non-union workers, women, and the poor. Plotkin investigates how Per-n used the education system to build his popularity. He examines the public assistance programs financed through the Eva Per-n Foundation, and demonstrates how they were used to politicize women for the first time. He explains how Eva Per-n and the Per-nist regime not only tried to gain the support of women as voters but also as potential 'missionaries' who would spread the Per-nist word in the privacy of their homes.
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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 I: The Crisis and Consensus in Argentine Society and the Rise of Perón Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 The Crisis of the Liberal Consensus in Argentine Society Chapter 5 Perón and the Problem of Consensus Part 6 II: The Appropriation of Symbolic Space: Political Ritual and the Charisma of Perón Chapter 7 Introduction Chapter 8 The First of May and the Seventeenth of October: The Origin of Two Rituals Chapter 9 May Day, the Seventeenth of October, and the Struggle of Symbolic Space Part 10 III: Education and Politics: The Political Socialization of Youth Chapter 11 Introduction Chapter 12 The Reorganization of the Educational System during the Perónist Regime (1943-1955) Chapter 13 The Politicization of Education: "Perónist" Textbooks for Primary Schools Part 14 IV: The Generation of Passive Consensus Chapter 15 Introduction Chapter 16 The Fundación Eva Perón; or, the Regime's Long Arm Chapter 17 The "Perónization of Women and the Youth" Chapter 18 Conclusions Chapter 19 Bibliography Chapter 20 Index
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