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Golondrinas: passages of influence: the construction of national/cultural identities in Italy and the Río de la Plata Basin of South America

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Abstract:

In the 1800s, migrant farmers from the Italian peninsula, nicknamed golondrinas or birds of passage by Argentines, worked the alternating harvests of the northern and southern hemispheres, at home and in Argentina, respectively. Their modus operandi of mobility became a shared experience of Italian freedom fighters, intellectuals and professionals who migrated to the greater context of the Río de la Plata Basin (including Uruguay and southern Brazil). This article reveals how the values, ideas, and aspirations of said Italian intellectual and professional golondrinas infiltrated the debates of constructing national identities in architecture in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Italy.

Keywords: architecture; migration; national identity

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2012.702743

Affiliations: Manchester School of Architecture,Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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