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Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas – Anuario de Historia de America Latina

Ed. by Duve, Thomas / Hensel, Silke / Mücke, Ulrich / Pieper, Renate / Potthast, Barbara

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Volume 49, Issue 1


El color de la nación argentina. Conflictos y negociaciones por la definición de un ethnos nacional, de la crisis al Bicentenario

Ezequiel Adamovsky
Published Online: 2013-12-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.7767/jbla.2012.49.1.343


This article analyses the emergence of a non-diasporic “negro” identity in Argentina in the past three decades, as a reaction against discrimination of the poor on “racial” grounds. Although this discrimination is not new, the narrative of the white-European nation sponsored by the State made it almost impossible to confront it, or at least not openly. However, the weakening of the Nation-state as the aftermath of economic and political crisis opened up a new space for renego­tiating the definition of the Argentinean ethnos. By examining different manifes­tations of lower class culture - from the spread of afro-Brazilian religions to mur­gas in carnival, and from popular music to political appeals - this article explores the ethnic dimension to class identities in recent Argentinean history. The emerg­ing “negro” identity is interpreted as a metonymic mark in a class identity, rather than an ethnic identity properly speaking.

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Published Online: 2013-12-18

Published in Print: 2012-12-01

Citation Information: Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas, Volume 49, Issue 1, Pages 343–364, ISSN (Online) 2194-3680, ISSN (Print) 1438-4752, DOI: https://doi.org/10.7767/jbla.2012.49.1.343.

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