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By Javier Auyero

Contentious Lives examines the methods well known protests are skilled and remembered, separately and jointly, via those that perform them. Javier Auyero specializes in the jobs of 2 younger women, Nana and Laura, in uprisings in Argentina (the two-day protest within the northwestern urban of Santiago del Estero in 1993 and the six-day highway blockade within the southern oil cities of Cutral-co and Plaza Huincul in 1996) and the jobs of the protests of their lives. Laura was once the spokesperson of the picketers in Cutral-co and Plaza Huincul; Nana was once an activist within the 1993 protests. as well as exploring the results of those episodes on their lives, Auyero considers how each one woman's reports formed what she acknowledged and did through the uprisings, and later, the methods she recalled the occasions. whereas the protests have been responses to the results of political corruption and structural adjustment regulations, they have been additionally, as Nana’s and Laura’s tales show, quests for reputation, appreciate, and dignity.

Auyero reconstructs Nana’s and Laura’s biographies via oral histories and diaries. Drawing on interviews with many different protesters, newspaper articles, judicial files, govt reviews, and video photos, he offers sociological and historic context for his or her tales. The women’s debts exhibit the frustrations of lives beaten by means of gender domination, the deprivations led to through hyper-unemployment and the withering of the welfare part of the nation, and the achievements and prices of collective motion. Balancing recognition to large-scale political and monetary procedures with acknowledgment of the plurality of meanings emanating from own experiences, Contentious Lives is an insightful, penetrating, and well timed contribution to discussions of well known resistance and the mixed results of globalization, neoliberal monetary guidelines, and political corruption in Argentina and elsewhere.

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