Poor People's Politics
Peronist Survival Networks and the Legacy of Evita
By (author) Javier Auyero
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Poor People's Politics by Javier Auyero
Book Description"Political clientelism" is a term used to characterize the contemporary relationships between political elites and the poor in Latin America in which goods and services are traded for political favors. Javier Auyero critically deploys the notion in Poor People's Politics to analyze the political practices of the Peronist Party among shantytown dwellers in contemporary Argentina. Looking closely at the slum-dwellers' informal problem-solving networks, which are necessary for material survival, and the different meanings of Peronism within these networks, Auyero presents the first ethnography of urban clientelism ever carried out in Argentina. Revealing a deep familiarity with the lives of the urban poor in Villa Paraiso, a stigmatized and destitute shantytown of Buenos Aires, Auyero demonstrates the ways in which local politicians present their vital favors to the poor and how the poor perceive and evaluate these favors. Having penetrated the networks, he describes how they are structured, what is traded, and the particular way in which women facilitate these transactions. Moreover, Auyero proposes that the act of granting favors or giving food in return for votes gives the politicians' acts a performative and symbolic meaning that flavors the relation between problem-solver and problem-holder, while also creating quite different versions of contemporary Peronism. Along the way, Auyero is careful to situate the emergence and consolidation of clientelism in historic, cultural, and economic contexts. Poor People's Politics reexamines the relationship between politics and the destitute in Latin America, showing how deeply embedded politics are in the lives of those who do not mobilize in the usual sense of the word but who are far from passive. It will appeal to a wide range of students and scholars of Latin American studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, and cultural studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780822326212
(5830mm x 3895mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Javier Auyero
Violence at the Urban Margins, Hardback (May 2015)
Violence at the Urban Margins seeks to shift the focus on discussions of public safety in urban society away from the middle and upper-middle classes to the urban margins where people experience violence the most.
Flammable, Hardback (November 2009)
In this collaborative ethnography, Javier Auyero and Debora Alejandra Swistun-who was born and raised in the dreadfully polluted shantytown in Buenos Aires from which the book takes its name-vividly describe everyday life in Flammable and depict how this ongoing, slow-motion environmental disaster is experienced and understood by its residents
Routine Politics and Violence in Argentina, Hardback (April 2007)» View all books by Javier Auyero
This book scrutinizes the series of food riots in Argentina in December 2001.
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Author Biography - Javier Auyero
Javier Auyero is Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin.
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