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While the City SleepsA History of Pistoleros, Policemen, and the Crime Beat in Buenos Aires before Perón$
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Lila Caimari

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289437

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289437.001.0001

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Languages of Crime

Languages of Crime

(p.41) Chapter 2. Languages of Crime
While the City Sleeps

Lila Caimari

University of California Press

This chapter describes a period in which the most important national media outlets in Argentina began to alter the established language they used to describe crime, a moment when journalists, photographers, and illustrators began to deploy a wider set of resources to represent homicides, robberies, and kidnappings in the Buenos Aires press. The themes and methods of crime stories evolved and incorporated a new protagonist, the pistolero. Reporting popularized this figure to such a degree that it became difficult to separate the social phenomenon of “pistolerismo” from the advancements in the very graphic media that brought him to life: the expansion of their ability to reproduce images, the indulgent heterogeneity of their sources, and their commercial logic. The key to understanding the rise of the pistolero's visibility resides in the affinity between the new languages of mass entertainment and certain criminal practices.

Keywords:   Buenos Aires, Argentina, crime, media outlets, journalists, crime reporting, pistolero, pistolerismo, mass entertainment

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