The Social Life of Politics. Book out

My book The Social Life of Politics. Ethics, Kinship and Union Activism is now out, published by Stanford University Press.

It’s the culmination of my research over the last 8 years or so into Argentine trade unionism.

Here’s the blurb:

A central motor of Argentine historical and political development since the early twentieth century, unions have been the site of active citizenship in both political participation and the distribution of social, economic, political, and cultural rights. What brings activists to Argentine unions and what gives these unions their remarkable strength?

The Social Life of Politics examines the intimate, personal, and family dimensions of two political activist groups: the Union of National Civil Servants (UPCN) and the Association of State Workers (ATE). These two unions represent distinct political orientations within Argentina’s broad, vibrant labor movement: UPCN identifies as predominantly Peronist, disciplined, and supportive of incumbent government, while ATE prides itself on its democratic, horizontal approach and relative autonomy from the electoral process. Sian Lazar examines how activists in both unions create themselves as particular kinds of militants and forms of political community. The Social Life of Politics places the lived experience of political activism into historical relief and shows how ethics and family values deeply inform the process by which political actors are formed, understood, and joined together through collectivism.

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