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Latin American politics underground: Networks, rhizomes and resistance in cartonera publishing

Bell, Lucy and O’Hare, Patrick (2019) Latin American politics underground: Networks, rhizomes and resistance in cartonera publishing International Journal of Cultural Studies, 23 (1). pp. 20-41.

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Cartonera publishing emerged in post-crisis Buenos Aires with the birth of Eloísa cartonera (2003), whose founders proposed a radically new model of making books out of recycled cardboard, purchased from, and made with, cartoneros (waste-pickers). Since then, this model has been adapted across Latin America by an ever-growing number of collectives (currently around 250). In this article we ask: What relations and/or networks have enabled this model of underground cultural production to grow on such a scale? What modalities of resistance do they enable? Our contention is that Deleuze and Guattari’s theory of rhizomes helps in understanding the ways in which cartoneras work, network and spread. Examining texts and practices across Argentina, Mexico and Brazil through literary analysis and ethnography, we make a case for the political significance of cartonera networks and, more broadly, the possibilities afforded by rhizomatic formations for emerging modes of micro-political action and transnational cultural activism.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
O’Hare, Patrick
Date : 8 November 2019
Funders : Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
DOI : doi.10.1177/1367877919880331
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords : activism, affect, cultural production, dispersion, editoriales cartoneras, horizontality, Latin America, publishing, resistance, rhizome
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 27 Jan 2020 09:26
Last Modified : 27 Jan 2020 09:26

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