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Author Adair, Jennifer, 1977- author.

Title In search of the lost decade : everyday rights in post-dictatorship Argentina / Jennifer Adair
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020]
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Contents The breakdown of authoritarian rule -- The campaign for a democratic Argentina -- "With democracy one eats": the Programa Alimentario Nacional -- "Chernobyl chickens": economic planning and the Caso Mazzoron -- "Dear Mr. President": the transition in letters -- Democratic pasts, neoliberal futures: hyperinflation and the road to austerity -- Epilogue: carrying forward the promise of 1983
Summary "In 1983, following a military dictatorship that left thousands dead and disappeared and the economy in ruins, Raul Alfonsin was elected president of Argentina on the strength of his pledge to prosecute the armed forces for their crimes and restore a measure of material well-being to Argentine lives. Food, housing, and full employment became the litmus tests of the new democracy. In Search of the Lost Decade reconsiders Argentina's transition to democracy by examining the everyday meanings of rights and the lived experience of democratic return, far beyond the ballot box and corridors of power. Beginning with promises to eliminate hunger and ending with food shortages and burning supermarkets, Jennifer Adair provides an in-depth account of the Alfonsin government's unfulfilled projects to ensure basic needs against the backdrop of a looming neoliberal world order. As it moves from the presidential palace to the streets, this original book offers a compelling reinterpretation of post-dictatorship Argentina and Latin America's so-called lost decade"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 05, 2019)
Subject Economic history.
HISTORY / Latin America / General
Politics and government.
Social conditions.
Argentina -- Economic conditions -- 1983-
Argentina -- Politics and government -- 1983-2002.
Argentina -- Social conditions -- 1983-
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019980965
ISBN 0520973283