Ma-ana es San Per-n
A Cultural History of Per-n's Argentina
By (author) Mariano Ben Plotkin
Publication date:01 October 2002
Length of book:262 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
Mañana es San Perón explores the creation of myths, symbols, and rituals which constituted the Peronist political imagery. This political imagery was not designed to reinforce the legitimacy of a political system defined in abstract terms, but to assure the undisputed loyalty of different sectors of society to the Peronist government and to Perón himself. The evolution of the institutional framework that made the creation of this symbolic apparatus possible is also discussed.This well-researched book shows the methods designed by the Perónist regime to broaden its social base through the incorporation and activation of groups which had traditionally occupied a marginalized position within the political system-non-union workers, women, and the poor. Plotkin investigates how Perón used the education system to build his popularity. He examines the public assistance programs financed through the Eva Perón Foundation, and demonstrates how they were used to politicize women for the first time. He explains how Eva Perón and the Perónist regime not only tried to gain the support of women as voters but also as potential "missionaries" who would spread the Perónist word in the privacy of their homes.
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