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While the City Sleeps: A History of Pistoleros, Policemen, and the Crime Beat in Buenos Aires before Perón

Lila Caimari


This book is an extraordinary work of scholarship from one of Argentina's leading historians of modern Buenos Aires society and culture. In the late nineteenth century, the city saw a massive population boom and large-scale urban development. With these changes came rampant crime, a chaotic environment in the streets, and intense class conflict. In response, the state expanded institutions that were intended to bring about social order and control. This book mines both police records and true crime reporting to bring to life the underworld pistoleros, the policemen who fought them, and the cri ... More

Keywords: Buenos Aires, population boom, urban development, crime, class conflict, social order, underworld, pistoleros, policemen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520289437
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520289437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lila Caimari, author
National Scientific and Technical Research Council