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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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Order and the City

Order and the City

(p.73) Chapter 3. Order and the City
While the City Sleeps

Lila Caimari

University of California Press

This chapter considers accounts of the situation in Buenos Aires in the wake of the 1930 global economic crisis on Buenos Aires. Historians have painted divergent pictures of porteño society and the political and economic turbulence that played out. There are two distinct (and rather disconnected) methods of periodization that yield two very different narratives. The first perspective views 1930 as a year of structural change, the passage between a relatively worry-free decade and one of unprecedented drama and complexity. The second narrative, largely centered in the city of Buenos Aires, works around the notion of an “interwar” period. In this view, the period from 1920 to 1945 is bookended by two major transformations: the rise of the demographic and agro-exportation boom on the one hand, and Peronism on the other.

Keywords:   Buenos Aires, 1930 global economic crisis, crime, peace and order, porteño society

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