Afro-Porteños at the end of the nineteenth century: discussing the nation

Afro-Porteños at the end of the nineteenth century: discussing the nation

Author: 
Gelera, Lea
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2014
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Journal Title: 
African and Black Diaspora: an international journal
Source: 
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, Volume 7, Number 2, July 2014, PP. 105-118
ISSN: 
1752-8631
Abstract: 

Argentina is a country that, even today, identifies itself as a modern, white, and European nation. This representation began to be projected in the last decades of the nineteenth century, framed in the state-consolidation and nation-building processes, which will be the historical context for this paper. It was also the time when a certain notion became broadly accepted: that Afro-Argentines, the descendants of formerly enslaved African people, had ‘disappeared’. By contrast, in that same period, Afro-Porteños (Porteños are citizens of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina) had not disappeared but constituted an important community, which produced numerous newspapers. Through the analysis of Afro-Porteño newspapers, their self-representations and discourses, some of the ways they negotiated with the ideology of modernity and Europeanism (that implied whiteness) will be discussed. The agency of Afro-Porteños will be examined as we analyze how Afro-Porteño intellectuals promoted state values to their group and at the same time defended their community against discrimination.

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CITATION: Gelera, Lea. Afro-Porteños at the end of the nineteenth century: discussing the nation . : Taylor & Francis Group , 2014. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, Volume 7, Number 2, July 2014, PP. 105-118 - Available at: http://library.au.int/afro-porteños-end-nineteenth-century-discussing-nation-7