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June 1992
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Argentine Workers
Peronism and Contemporary Class Consciousness
Ranis, Peter
An insightful analysis of the complex combination of values and attitudes exhibited by Argentine workers in a heavily unionized, industrially developing country, while also ascertaining their political beliefs.

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Peter Ranis is professor emeritus of political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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Argentine Workers provides an insightful analysis of the complex combination of values and attitudes exhibited by workers in a heavily unionized, industrially developing country, while also ascertaining their political beliefs. By analyzing empirical data, Ranis describes what workers think about their unions, employers, private and foreign enterprise, the economy, the state, privatization, landowners, politics, the military, the “dirty war” and the “disappeared,” the Montonero guerillas, the church, popular culture and leisure pursuits, and their personal lives and ambitions.
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“Peter Ranis has given his readers a picture of the attitudes of Argentine workers during the administration of Raúl Alfonsín and drawn larger conclusions about working class consciousness. . . . For those interested in the Argentine working class and in the larger questions of class identity this is an important book.”—The Americas

“A good work of social science should address relevant issues, advance important theoretical debates, and convey new information. Argentine Workers does each of these things. . . . [It] is an innovative work that points a sympathetic and engaging portrait of the people who make up one of the world's most politically powerful trade union movements.”—Journal of Politics

“This is an insightful and well-timed new piece of research that merits close scrutiny by anyone interested in the Argentine labor movement or in the political transition through which the nation is moving.”—Studies in Comparative International Development

“A very good book indeed-not only essential reading for all those interested in Argentina, but also of great interest to those interested in the general political sociology of the working class. . . . If there is one criticism of the book, it is one that the author will sure welcome: the reader is left wishing it had been longer.”—Latin American Research Review


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