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Perfiles latinoamericanos

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ARTESE, Matías. Social protest and its representations in the Argentinian press: 1996-2002. Perf. latinoam. [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.38, pp. 89-114. ISSN 0188-7653.

This article presents the main findings of a research on the relation between physical confrontations and its interpretations in six episodes of protest between 1996 and 2002 in Argentina. In this period a profound economic and employment crisis affected most of the country's population. Consequently, it was a period in which a general increase of the cycle of social protests took place. Employing tools provided by Critical Discourse Analysis, we analyze the properties attributed to each of the six protests and repressive reaction of the State, through statements published by the press. The main objective is to review the field of dispute over the meaning of the actions and characteristics of the interpretations published at the precise moments that the institutional violence was applied, as the beginning of an explanation to the criminalization of protest.

Keywords : social protest; social representations; State repression; road blockades; discourse.

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