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Civilizing Argentina: Science, Medicine, and the Modern State (Paperback)
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Civilizing Argentina: Science, Medicine, and the Modern State (Paperback)

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After a promising start as a prosperous and liberal democratic nation at the end of the nineteenth century, Argentina descended into instability and crisis. This stark reversal, in a country rich in natural resources and seemingly bursting with progress and energy, has puzzled many historians. In ""Civilizing Argentina"", Julia Rodriguez takes a sharply contrary view, demonstrating that Argentina's turn of fortune is not a mystery but rather the ironic consequence of schemes to ""civilize"" the nation in the name of progressivism, health, science, and public order. With new medical and scientific information arriving from Europe at the turn of the century, a powerful alliance developed among medical, scientific, and state authorities in Argentina. These elite forces promulgated a political culture based on a medical model that defined social problems such as poverty, vagrancy, crime, and street violence as illnesses to be treated through programs of social hygiene. They instituted programs to fingerprint immigrants, measure the bodies of prisoners, place wives who disobeyed their husbands in ""houses of deposit,"" and exclude or expel people deemed socially undesirable, including groups such as labor organizers and prostitutes. Such policies, Rodriguez argues, led to the destruction of the nation's liberal ideals and opened the way to the antidemocratic, authoritarian governments that came later in the twentieth century.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807856697
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 472 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Civilizing Argentina is a worthy book and an important addition to the history of Argentina.--The Americas


A valuable contribution to Argentine historiography and to current discussions of the arrival of modernity on the periphery of the industrialized world.--American Historical Review


Provides a thought-provoking introduction to some key questions in Argentine historiography, and will interest all students of the history of criminology, legal medicine and the rise of the modern interventionist state.--Social History of Medicine


An original approach to the roles of science and medicine in civilizing Argentina in the twentieth century.--Journal of the History of Medicine


Within its field Civilizing Argentina offers a paradoxical explanation for a central Latin American historical problem.--Journal of Women's History


An important contribution.--Hispanic American Historical Review


Exemplifies the sophisticated and important work that the history of gender, science, and medicine can do in explaining how power works more broadly in modern societies.--Journal of Women's History


[A] multifaceted portrait . . . [and] a welcome approach. . . . Useful as a first glimpse into the ideas and practices of Argentine scientists at the turn of the twentieth century.--Journal of Latin American Studies


Civilizing Argentina constitutes part of a wave of new studies that will finally 'decolonialize' the history of criminology by establishing its importance and autonomous development in nations outside of Europe and North America.--Theoretical Criminology


An important book. Julia Rodriguez has provided us with an intellectual history of science and medicine as applied to Argentina.--H-LatAm

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