SAFERSTEIN Ezequiel Andres
capítulos de libros
Politics and Book Publishing in Argentina
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature
Oxford University Press
Lugar: New York; Año: 2020; p. 1 - 22
In a country where literacy rates are among the highest in the region, books are culturalobjects cherished by vast sectors of the Argentine population as well as powerfulsymbolic, cultural, economic, and political artefacts. In particular, books on politics arean indispensable segment in the catalog of any Argentine publishing house. Thevertiginous nature of politics and the historical significance of the book in Argentinesociety are such that the publishing sector has been?and still remains?one of thepreferred spaces where symbolic and political power is disputed. Throughout the 20thcentury and the first two decades of the 21st century, the publishing market responded todifferent historical circumstances by producing headlines that sought to engage readersin different ways, helping them make life choices and understand the significance of theirown time, as well as forming or reinforcing their opinions. Manufactured from the Left tothe Right, books on politics expressed and shaped wills and aspirations, serving ascombat weapons and means for the creation of spaces where ideas and politicalsentiments flourish.There are historical ties between the Argentinean publishing and political spheres, andthe publishing process works as a fundamental form of mediation concerning theproduction and distribution of political ideas. Against the image of the book as anexclusive bridge connecting the authors with the reading public, a sociological andmaterial viewpoint might focus on the publishing world and its protagonists: the ghosteditors and agents who play an indispensable and decisive role in the processes wherebya book becomes an entitled cultural, economic, and political intervention?a great factoryof ideas, discourses, and products with material and symbolic ramifications that influencepublic debates and agendas