Routine Politics and Violence in Argentina: The Gray Zone of State Power
Close to three hundred stores and supermarkets were looted during week-long food riots in Argentina in December 2001. Thirty-four people were reported dead and hundreds were injured. Among the looting crowds, activists from the Peronist party (the main political party in the country) were quite prominent. During the lootings, police officers were conspicuously absent - par...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press
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A very nice compact look at the lootings that occurred in Argentina during the 2001 economic crisis. Auyero does an excellent job of untangling the clandestine networks between state officials, party members, police officers, and local residents that helped to stimulate and direct the form in which the lootings took place. Definitely worth checking out if you're interested in Argentine politics and history, collective violence, corruption, and clientelism.