Argentina

Government alliances, policy transformations and the trajectory of contemporary South American grassroots organizations.

August 3, 2018
Over the last few decades, grassroots movements have consolidated as major actors in South American popular politics. In addition to their key role in many countries' transitions to democracy, they have led the resistance to the worst consequences of neoliberal reforms, consistently advocating for the recognition of new economic, social, and political rights.

Argentina’s Feminist Momentum: A Journey to Legal, Safe Abortion Laws

July 9, 2018

Argentina has drawn widespread attention in the past couple of weeks as the Argentinian Congress took it’s first step towards legalizing abortion for women up to 14 weeks. On June 14th, the bill officially passed the House by 129 to 125 votes after a 23-hour strenuous debate (Politi and Ellis). If the Senate approves the abortion bill in the next hurdle for women’s rights, then President Macri has agreed to sign the law into effect.

Partial Military Industry Reform: The Promise and Peril of Closing Ranks in Argentina, 1983-89

May 21, 2018

In Argentina in 1983, ownership and management of a large domestic defense industry afforded the military power, autonomy, and a claim to economic rents. Between 1983-89, Argentina succeeded in its efforts to transfer management of the military defense industry to civilians, but not in its efforts to transfer ownership to civilians of that same sector—why? This work argued that this peculiar outcome had to do with the combined presence of high levels of military coalitional strength, and civilian institutional strength.

Possible Change to Abortion Laws in Argentina

March 20, 2018

As a majority Catholic country, abortion in Argentina has always been a sensitive topic. Illegal except for in a few cases, the Human Rights Watch estimates that nearly 500,000 abortions occur in Argentina annually, constituting about 40 percent of all pregnancies. It is also the leading cause of maternal mortality in the country (Human Rights Watch, 2018).

What Argentina's Midterm Elections Mean for the Future of the Country: An Overview

November 1, 2017

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, President Mauricio Macri’s ‘Cambiemos’ (‘Let’s Change’) coalition declared victory in Argentina’s legislative midterm elections over its main opposition, former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s ‘Unidad Ciudadana’ (‘Citizen Unity’) coalition.

Where is Argentina's Indigenous Rights Protester?

September 28, 2017

On August 1, 2017, activist Santiago Maldonado was detained by Argentine police at an indigenous rights rally in Patagonia and has not been seen since. According to José Miguel Vivanco of the Human Rights Watch Organization (2017), Maldonado was visiting a Mapuche Indigenous community to stand in solidarity with their opposition to the extradition of an indigenous leader.

A Glimpse at Center of the Margin: rap music and lumpen innovation in an underground rap recording studio of Buenos Aires

May 3, 2017

A Glimpse at Center of the Margin offers an extract of the Spanish authored ethnography titled “Centro del Margen: Crónica de un día en un estudio de grabación clandestino de música rap en Buenos Aires” recently published in Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. The original ethnographic essay consists of thirteen diary-styled entries throughout a cycle of twenty four hours spent in the underground rap recording studio of Buenos Aires. Using a chronicle, I intercalate the experiences of fieldwork with the review of theoretical ideas about the lived experiences.

Etnicidad, raza y criollismo en Argentina: el caso de Buenaventura Luna

March 15, 2017

Las élites que construyeron la nación argentina, lo hicieron postulando que ella se encarnaba en un pueblo blanco-europeo. A fines del siglo XIX los habitantes de origen amerindio y africano fueron declarados extintos o reconocidos como un mínimo residuo del pasado en vías de desaparición. Las narrativas oficiales que dieron consistencia a una identidad nacional se construyeron, de ese modo, alrededor de la idea de que el famoso “crisol de razas” había dado como resultado una “raza argentina” que era perfectamente blanca.

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