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Rethinking Race in Modern Argentina


Paulina L. Alberto, Eduardo Elena, Sandra McGee Deutsch, Oscar Chamosa, Matthew B. Karush, Rebekah E. Pite, Mariela Eva Rodríguez, Ezequiel Adamovsky, Lea Geler, Gastón Gordillo, Chisu Teresa Ko, George Reid Andrews
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107514904

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  • This book reconsiders the relationship between race and nation in Argentina during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and places Argentina firmly in dialog with the literature on race and nation in Latin America, from where it has long been excluded or marginalized for being a white, European exception in a mixed-race region. The contributors, based both in North America and Argentina, hail from the fields of history, anthropology, and literary and cultural studies. Their essays collectively destabilize widespread certainties about Argentina, showing that whiteness in that country has more in common with practices and ideologies of Mestizaje and 'racial democracy' elsewhere in the region than has typically been acknowledged. The essays also situate Argentina within the well-established literature on race, nation, and whiteness in world regions beyond Latin America (particularly, other European 'settler societies'). The collection thus contributes to rethinking race for other global contexts as well.

    • The first book dedicated to the study of race in twentieth- and twenty-first century Argentina
    • Contributors are based in both North America and Argentina, and hail from the fields of history, anthropology, and literary and cultural studies
    • Situates twentieth- and twenty-first-century Argentina in conversation with the literature on race and nation in Latin America
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    'This volume brings a new perspective to an important yet neglected aspect of the study of race in the Americas. The contributors carry readers beyond the perception that African and Indigenous Argentines were erased from the construction of national identity. Instead, they show the prevalence of constructions of Africanness, Criollo/Mestizo identity, or the identities of immigrants who were not Christian or not from Europe, to offer fresh insights about state formation, regionalism, leisure, immigration, popular culture and politics.' Jerry Dávila, University of Illinois

    'The editors of Rethinking Race in Modern Argentina are to be commended for bringing a new generation of scholars and scholarship on Argentina to academic readers. This book is extremely important for its new approaches to the study of the many peoples who define themselves as Argentine. This volume will stimulate debate among professional scholars and will be of great interest to advanced undergraduates and graduate students in Latin American history.' Jeffrey Lesser, Emory University, Atlanta

    'The relationship between race and nation continues to be a major theme in Latin American studies, and Rethinking Race in Modern Argentina will help instructors and students explore the interactions and tensions between the symbolic dimensions of 'race' and its role as an unstable signifier for specific populations. The excellent essays in this book will definitively bring Argentina into the larger conversation about race and nation in the region.' Barbara Weinstein, New York University

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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107514904
    • length: 391 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the shades of the nation Paulina L. Alberto and Eduardo Elena
    1. Insecure whiteness: Jews between civilization and barbarism, 1880s–1940s Sandra McGee Deutsch
    2. People as landscape: the representation of the Criollo interior in early tourist literature in Argentina, 1920–30 Oscar Chamosa
    3. Black in Buenos Aires: the transnational career of Oscar Alemán Matthew B. Karush
    4. La Cocina Criolla: a history of food and race in twentieth-century Argentina Rebekah E. Pite
    5. 'Invisible Indians', 'Degenerate Descendants': idiosyncrasies of Mestizaje in Southern Patagonia Mariela Eva Rodríguez
    6. Race and class through the visual culture of Peronism Ezequiel Adamovsky
    7. Argentina in black and white: race, Peronism, and the color of politics, 1940s to the present Eduardo Elena
    8. African descent and whiteness in Buenos Aires: impossible Mestizajes in the white capital city Lea Geler
    9. The savage outside of white Argentina Gastón Gordillo
    10. Between foreigners and heroes: Asian-Argentines in a multicultural nation Chisu Teresa Ko
    11. Indias blancas, negros febriles: racial stories and history-making in contemporary Argentine fiction Paulina L. Alberto
    Epilogue: whiteness and its discontents George Reid Andrews.

  • Editors

    Paulina Alberto, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Paulina L. Alberto is Associate Professor of History and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan.

    Eduardo Elena, University of Miami
    Eduardo Elena is Associate Professor of History at the University of Miami.


    Paulina L. Alberto, Eduardo Elena, Sandra McGee Deutsch, Oscar Chamosa, Matthew B. Karush, Rebekah E. Pite, Mariela Eva Rodríguez, Ezequiel Adamovsky, Lea Geler, Gastón Gordillo, Chisu Teresa Ko, George Reid Andrews

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