Demonizing and redeeming the gaucho: social conflict, xenophobia and the invention of Argentine national music

  title={Demonizing and redeeming the gaucho: social conflict, xenophobia and the invention of Argentine national music},
  author={Melanie Plesch},
  journal={Patterns of Prejudice},
  pages={337 - 358}
  • M. Plesch
  • Published 1 September 2013
  • Sociology
  • Patterns of Prejudice
ABSTRACT Plesch examines changing attitudes towards the gaucho as a musician in nineteenth-century Argentina through literary, musical and iconographic sources. She proposes the existence of a discursive formation gaucho, whose archive comprises travellers' writings, official reports, memoirs, visual arts, literature and music. Despised and persecuted throughout most of the nineteenth century, the gaucho was considered by Argentine elites as the epitome of ‘barbarism’, and his music was… 
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