Public Life in Contemporary Argentina
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This unique online database presents an extensive grassroots view of Argentina and the recent social and political changes that have taken place there. This web-based electronic resource offers fast access to a vast amount of material on Argentine society and politics beginning with the year 1996 and running to the present.
Easy to use and well designed, this source includes multiple search capabilities that enable users to find information quickly. Public Life in Contemporary Argentina is the only database of its kind for any Latin American country.
Material from formal organizations, participants in social movements, and reporting sources presents perspectives that challenge conventional wisdom and official interpretation released by Argentina's traditional power brokers. Users will be able to access the voices of citizens who are rarely heard. Neighborhood-level coverage - which includes major sections of the Federal Capital - provides valuable insight on contemporary Argentina and the transformation of Argentine society. The sources of information go far beyond standard press coverage and government declarations to emphasize the words of participants in movements that are changing Argentina.
This online database offers the most current information on the complex social and political movements in the country. Groups that are documented include:
- civic associations focused on social protest, neighborhood work, confrontations with governing authorities, and staged events
- bartering networks created to enhance counter-trade of goods and services among the unemployed and underemployed
- savers' groups organized to protest and challenge the government's elimination of the Argentine peso being on par with the U.S. dollar and the subsequent freezing of bank accounts
- grassroots assemblies of housewives, the unemployed, intellectuals, neighborhoods, rubbish and recycling scavengers, and neighborhood cultural groups
- political parties
- communal gardens
- self-employed, especially from bankrupt small businesses and worker-controlled factories
- citizens who have used e-mail to become active in social and political affairs
The bulk of this information is from primary sources and currently 390 different social/political movements are included. Public Life in Contemporary Argentina originates from eighty different types of sources, including:
- publications of grassroots organizations (flyers, pamphlets, bulletins, and newsletters)
- general descriptive information on groups and activities, including materials designed for street or workplace distribution
- provincial, regional, and national newspaper reports
- reports from alternative media sources focused on specific topics, such as women, counterculture, and the environment
- informative, organizational and polemical statements posted on groups' websites
- interviews with leaders and members of grassroots organizations
- statistical data on relevant aspects of public life, such as unemployment, number of civic groups in the country, and socioeconomic and racial background of citizens active in groups
- e-mail and discussion groups
- data from research think tanks
- Researchers will also discover fourteen Argentine newspapers. Eleven are provincial, ranging geographically from Tierra del Fuego to Jujuy (Argentina's far south to the far north).
In total, more than 5,000 entries are included. The database is easily navigable and includes standard search/browse/print/help features. Users can search by:
- type of movement (e.g., political party, neighborhood assembly, women's organizations)
- subject or theme
- geographic area
- date of publication
- source (i.e., name of publication in which document or article appeared)
- type of document
Public Life in Contemporary Argentina is an excellent resource for Latin American studies, comparative politics, sociology, gender studies, the uses of media in political organizing, social anthropology, and history.
It will also be extremely useful to those interested in how neighborhoods, political parties, social movements, and protest groups organize and operate.