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To Belong in Buenos AiresGermans, Argentines, and the Rise of a Pluralist Society$
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Benjamin Bryce

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503601536

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503601536.001.0001

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Social Welfare, Paternalism, and the Making of German Buenos Aires

Social Welfare, Paternalism, and the Making of German Buenos Aires

(p.21) Chapter 1 Social Welfare, Paternalism, and the Making of German Buenos Aires
To Belong in Buenos Aires

Benjamin Bryce

Stanford University Press

This chapter argues that affluent immigrants used various social welfare institutions to shape the meaning of citizenship in Buenos Aires. Through German-language social welfare organizations, thousands of immigrants and second-generation bilinguals gave form to a vision of a German community in Buenos Aires. The community leaders who offered job placement, health care, and other services to workers promoted idealized notions of male breadwinners who supported their families, of productive and healthy workers, and of respectable female laborers. All of these community actions, however, were also civic actions, and the ideas of obligation to working-class immigrants were also ideas about rights and duties for members of Buenos Aires society. At stake for wealthy speakers of German was their social, gender, and class power, both within their own community and in Argentine society.

Keywords:   charity, health, workers, class, gender, paternalism, integration

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