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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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Poner el cuerpo

Poner el cuerpo

The Youth Body Between Eroticism and Revolutionary Politics

(p.193) Poner el cuerpo
The Age of Youth in Argentina

Valeria Manzano

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the embodiment of young people’s political and sexual experiences as well as the making of the “youth body” as a political and cultural category. Poner el cuerpo (to put one’s body on the line) acquired for young people manifold, sometimes competing meanings. It entailed, for example, positioning the youthful body as the center of renewed fashion trends that reformulated notions and practices of eroticism as well as making young people’s bodies the carriers of transformations in prevalent sexual arrangements. Poner el cuerpo acquired a different meaning for the rising numbers of young women and men engaging in radical politics who worked on their own material bodies to make them resilient, and thus to comply with the untiring militancy required to forge a revolution that many envisioned as imminent.

Keywords:   Argentina, young people, youthful body, bodies, youths, sexuality, radical politics, revolution

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