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Resistance and Integration

Resistance and Integration
Peronism and the Argentine Working Class, 1946–1976


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  • Date Published: September 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466820

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  • This book analyses the relationship between Peronism and the Argentine working class from the foundation of the Peronist movement in the mid 1940s to the overthrow of Peron's widow in 1976. It presents an account of such crucial issues as the role of the Peronist union bureaucracy and the impact of Peronist ideology on workers. Drawing on a variety of untapped sources, Daniel James confronts many of the dominant myths which have surrounded the movement. He argues that its role in containing working-class militancy cannot be explained solely in terms of manipulation, corruption or union gangsterism. The integration of Peronism into Argentine society has always been a complex and fragile operation, constantly undermined by the survival of the movement's original heretical content: its vision of a juster society in which the claim of the working class for a recognition of its social and political weight would be accepted.

    • Hardback edition sold well
    • This is a solidly researched, persuasive study of the Argentine labour movement
    • Fills many gaps in Peronist union history
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    'This book is notable for its deft portrait of a working class which has been both active and passive, demonstrating both a capacity to organize and fight to protect its interests and a willingness to demobilize and accept compromise when circumstances demanded. James has rejected the simple answers of those who have ascribed working-class passivity to manipulation or corruption, and has succeeded in shedding a great deal of light upon the complexities engendered by these dual traits.' Joseph A. Page, The Americas

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466820
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Background:
    1. Peronism and the working class, 1943–55
    Part II. The Peronist Resistance, 1955–8:
    2. The survival of Peronism: resistance in the factories
    3. Commandos and unions: the emergence of the new Peronist union leadership
    4. Ideology and consciousness in the Peronist resistance
    Part III. Frondizi and Integration: Temptation and Disenchantment, 1958–62:
    5. Resistance and defeat: the impact on leaders, activists and rank and file
    6. The corollary of institutional pragmatism: activists, commandos and elections
    Part IV. The Vandor Era:
    7. The burocracia sindical: power and politics in Peronist unions
    8. Ideology and politics in Peronist unions: different currents within the movement
    Part V. Workers and the Revolución Argentina: from Onganía to the Return of Perón, 1966–73
    9. The Peronist union leaders under siege: new actors and new challenges
    10. Conclusion
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Daniel James, Yale University, Connecticut

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