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The Age of Youth in ArgentinaCulture, Politics, and Sexuality from Peron to Videla$
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Valeria Manzano

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469611617

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611617.001.0001

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Carving Out a Place for Youth

Carving Out a Place for Youth

(p.20) Carving Out a Place for Youth
The Age of Youth in Argentina

Valeria Manzano

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how youth was understood, debated, and regulated during the last years of Peronism and, chiefly, in the decade that followed its overthrow. In late 1953, Perón helped create the state-sponsored Unión de Estudiantes Se cundarios (UES, Union of Secondary School Students). Besides affording secondary students with a chance of participating in sports, tourism, and other leisure activities, the UES incited a vociferous reaction among the regime’s opponents, who understood that Perón was using it to manipulate and “pervert” youth. Many of those opponents would later on coalesce into an informal field of experts on youth composed of psychologists, state officers, educators, and Catholic institutions. Conservative Catholic groups proved more influential in generating policies with regard to media regulation, policing of public entertainment, and education, policies that ultimately helped shape and condition young people’s lived experiences and set definite limits to the modernizing sociocultural dynamics unfolding locally in the 1960s.

Keywords:   Argentina, youths, youth culture, Peronism, social change, cultural change, Catholic groups

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