Date of Degree

9-30-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Anthropology

Advisor(s)

Murphy Halliburton

Committee Members

John Collin

Ismael Garcia-Colon

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Latina/o Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Women's Studies

Keywords

Argentina, Latino, Diaspora, Crisis, Identity, Gender, Sexuality

Abstract

This project is a multi-sited investigation into the production of Argentinidad (the embodied feeling of Argentine national identity) post the economic crisis of 2001 known as el Argentinazo. A special attention is paid to the role of the body as a culturally and socially mediated site of identity formation. Additionally, this project engages with the intersections of cultural and psychoanalytic theories that have influenced Argentinean self-identity in addition to social identities that are negotiated in moments of personal and national crisis. This project examines the roles and relationships of family and migration within Argentinean diasporic communities originating from the Provinces of Argentina and the suburbs of Buenos Aires and examines their individual and collective (re)settlement practices and rituals within global (Latino) cities such as New York City and Miami. Underscoring these stories are the themes of pain, power, and pleasure. This investigation posits that national identity informs how these groups use, move, care, and (re)present their bodies within identity affirming spaces.

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