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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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A Fraternity of Long-Haired Boys

A Fraternity of Long-Haired Boys

Rock and a Youth Culture of Contestation

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(p.123) A Fraternity of Long-Haired Boys
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The Age of Youth in Argentina
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Valeria Manzano

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611617.003.0006

This chapter explores the emergence of a rock culture as a window through which to analyze ideals and debates over masculinity. Beginning in 1966, an extremely active rock culture emerged in Argentina, one that attracted increasing numbers of working- and middle-class young men as poets, musicians, and fans. Rock culture acted as a platform for young men to articulate a practical and poetical criticism of male “ordinary life.” By upholding the symbolic potential of the pibes (boys) and forging a so-called “fraternity of longhaired boys,” rockers questioned the values attached to the hegemonic notions of masculinity, including sobriety and breadwinning capability. Drawing on a transnational repertoire of sounds and ideas, they shaped a cultural politics that on the one hand led toward “modernizing” masculinity and, on the other, iconoclastically rejected the authoritarian and repressive components of the dynamics of sociocultural modernization.

Keywords:   Argentina, young men, youths, rock culture, rock music, masculinity, sociocultural modernization, cultural politics

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