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Chapter 2 Aguinis and Alfonsin: Public Intellectuals and the Argentine Government

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This chapter places Marcos Aguinis's program of culture within its specific moment in Argentine history when intellectuals were summoned by the president to help construct a democratic Argentina within a post-1968 and post-1983 world. It precedes an in-depth study of Aguinis's literary production because much of the ideology and agenda that Aguinis later pursued primarily through essays, dialogues, and novels were first espoused while he was Secretary of Culture. The chapter presents a study of Marcos Aguinis's civic plan, Programa Nacional de Democratizacion de la Cultura (PRONDEC), as outlined in the work Memorias de una siembra: utopía y práctica del PRONDEC. The chapter engages the question of Marcos Aguinis's singularity in promoting the ideas pursued by PRONDEC and evaluates Aguinis within the larger context of Argentine artists and intellectuals who were recruited by Raúl Alfonsín to democratize the country.

Keywords: Argentina; Marcos Aguinis; PRONDEC; Raúl Alfonsín; Secretary of Culture



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