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Title: Capturing the imagination: Peronism and the micropolitics of desire
Author: Oliver, Scott
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2011
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This dissertation comprises an approach to an Argentine political movement - Peronism - whose principal intellectual attraction is in the wide array of evaluations it has produced, from both historians and adherents alike, an instability ultimately leading to the extraordinary massacre at Ezeiza in 1973 (and perhaps even the 'Dirty War' that engulfed Argentina upon Peran's death). Using the full repertoire of conceptual tools provided by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari - the way in which power acts at the most intimate, micro-level; the way desire fuels the most murderous of social machines, above and below "Reason" - I will aim to chart the vicissitudes of the movement (and regime) as it emerged from the military junta that came to power in 1943. First, I will plot in Peran's military formation and its incipient connection to the authoritarian tendencies that characterized the regime, to which end we will call principally upon Tomas Eloy Martfnez's La novela de Peron. Thereafter, we will account for the complex causality behind the emergence of the movement, its means of holding together (explicitly rejecting ideological accounts), and its eventual coming-undone (removal from power in 1955). We shall not seek inherent properties, either in Peran the individual or the phenomena that bore his name. Both shall be considered as a "becoming" of always provisional, contingent entities (the greater or lesser effectuation, under concrete conditions, of certain abstract machines; in particular, the virtual absolute State: the Urstaat) produced by desire. Finally, in the light of the ' schizoanalytic' framework elaborated by Deleuze and Guattari, we will examine the hypothesis that Peronism's restoration in the 1970s constituted its fascist moment: not at all inevitable, or essential, but produced by a complex causal interaction of desire and power whose contours I hope to explain.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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