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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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The Places of Disorder

The Places of Disorder

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(p.130) Chapter 5. The Places of Disorder
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While the City Sleeps
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Lila Caimari

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520289437.003.0006

This chapter delves into the construction of a symbolic opposition between Buenos Aires and its suburbs. Like the city's outskirts themselves, the contrast was born of large-scale demographic and urban changes that were reinforced by a diverse body of documents—expert analysis, fictional narratives, mass media articles, and classified reports. Within this corpus, the analysis focuses on one strand of meaning: that which organized the symbolic location of legality and illegality, safety and danger, order and disorder. Unlike other works on the urban imaginary, here technical, artistic, and literary writings will take a backseat to more widely disseminated discourses: police press releases about security in Buenos Aires, and the stories and images that circulated in both the popular and the “serious” press.

Keywords:   Buenos Aires, suburbs, police press, security, police force, law enforcement

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