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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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Youth and the “Authority-Reconstitution” Project

Youth and the “Authority-Reconstitution” Project

(p.221) Youth and the “Authority-Reconstitution” Project
The Age of Youth in Argentina

Valeria Manzano

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the unfolding of a project destined to “reconstitute authority,” which promised to reverse the cultural, political, and sexual changes that Argentines had lived through as part of the modernizing dynamics that, since the 1950s, privileged youth as its key embodiment. While legislative developments restricted young women’s access to the birth control pill and subjected to medical and judicial examination the bodies of “drug addicts”—a key device for the “authority-reconstitution” project—police, parapolice, and later, military squadrons engaged in more literal and tragic forms of battling an “enemy” that, in terms of age, was young. In the decade that started with the short democratic spring of 1973 and ended with a new spring in 1983, the “age” of youth in Argentina had ended.

Keywords:   Argentina, youth, cultural change, political change, social change

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