A destabilizing dialogics of social and sexual order: The argentinian physician Juan Lazarte in the anarchist magazine Estudios (1932-1936)

Isabel Jiménez-Lucena, Jorge Molero-Mesa

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Abstract

© 2014 CSIC. In this paper we analyze the articles published by Argentinean physician Juan Larzarte in the magazine Estudios in the 1930s. This took place within a publishing policy aimed at overcoming the exclusion of discourses opposing the established social order. The discourse practices we explore were dialogic while focusing on neo-Malthusian and eugenic propositions and the historical causes of a gendered social relations structuring a double sexual morals. Lazarte used several forms of intertextuality and suggested the compatibility of seemingly opposed approaches without getting round the differences and avoiding debates in dichotomic terms. These practices allowed the strategic use of eugenic rhetoric within the neo-Malthusian proposition aimed at the human species to reach a state of good living. As he did not consider history from an ideology of progress, and insisted on taking into account the different facets of any issue (biological, economic and cultural), Lazarte’s discourse in Estudios contributed to configure a world defying the assumptions of a deterministic biopower, thus becoming a destabilizing power regarding the sexual and social order.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberp056
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalAsclepio
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Eugenics
  • Knowledge management
  • Libertarian anarchism
  • Neo-malthusianism
  • Sexual liberation

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