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The History of the Present Collection / Colección Historia del Presente

History of the present is a collection that inquires about the historical and political conditions that shape our present and its evidences. Daily and through various fields -the mass media, political discourse and interventions of “experts”- we are exposed to discourses that address various objects as taken for granted: the problem of poverty, development limits and dependency, household and family crisis, threats to the national language, insecurity, exhaustion of the revolutionary way. This movement, however, closes the historical and political conditions under which these and other objects are identified and problematized. This collection proposes the practice of archival work as a way to denature- deconstruct some of the truths and evidences that are imposed as such, as well as account for the constitutive heterogeneity of what is presented as homogeneous.

Estilos de Desarrollo y Buen Vivir. 

Development Styles and Good Living 
Ediciones Centro Cultural de la Cooperación Floreal Gorini (2016) 212 p.

The book puts into dialogue discussions of “good living” alternatives to development with a series of proposals that were designed between  mid 1960s and early 1980s in Latin America. In that context , Fundación Bariloche, Oscar Varsavsky and largely ECLAC work hard to formulate alternatives to the pattern of development centered on economic growth , while showed the feasibility of these other styles of development by calculating their main features with  multivariate mathematical complex models . More recently , proposals of good living, inspired by the Sumak Kawsay mainly in andean countries have involved a profound critique of neoliberalism and its civilizational model. The challenge of the book is to destabilize the effect of homogeneity and evidence which usually defines “development” as a one way (North to South) debate and show its conflicts and struggles under different social and historical circumstances.

The book is the result of an investigation conducted at the Cultural Center of Cooperation Floreal Gorini , who also received a subsidy UBACyT under the Faculty of Social Sciences of the UBA . It is an interdisciplinary team, made up of Paula Aguilar ( Sociologist ) , Victoria Haidar ( lawyer ) , Mara Glozman ( linguist ), Paul Pryluka ( historian ) , Ramiro Coviello ( sociologist ), Pilar Fiuza ( Sociologist ) , Celeste Viedma ( sociologist ) and Ana Grondona ( sociologist ).

El Hogar como problema y como solución. Una mirada genealógica de la domesticidad a través de las políticas sociales. Argentina 1890-1940

Home as a problem and as a solution. A genealogical view of domesticity through social policies debate. Argentina, 1890- 1940. 
Ediciones Centro Cultural de la Cooperación Floreal Gorini (2014) 310 p.

Paula Lucía Aguilar (

The book traces the formation of “modern domesticity” by analyzing the discourses of diagnosis and possible responses to the social question in dispute between 1890- 1940. Through the problematization of the boundaries between the domestic realm and work, the public housing debate, Home Economics knowledge prescribed for household management and statistical records of the lives and work of the working family, domesticity is increasingly defined as an arena for reflection and action in Social Policy debate. In this context the “Home” emerges and condenses both real and utopian concerns about population life and work conditions and the possibility of social reform. From a perspective that seeks to destabilize evidence, this book invites to review the configuration of domesticity, its organization and responsibilities that still resonate today and guide the design and implementation of specific policies.

Paula Lucia Aguilar has a degree in Sociology and a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. She is a researcher at CONICET / IIGG and at Centro Cultural de la Cooperación Floreal Gorini. Currently part of the Group Study Group in History and Discourse (GEHD).

Saber de la Pobreza: Discursos expertos y subclases en la Argentina entre 1956 y 2006 

Poverty knowledge: expert discourses and subclasses in Argentina between 1956-2006
Ediciones Centro Cultural de la Cooperación Floreal Gorini (2014) 221 p.

Ana Grondona (

This book discusses the various ways in which expert knowledge defined the problem of “subclasses” in Argentina between 1956-2006. By means of archival work and interviews with key actors of the process, it investigates the diagnoses of marginality, informality, basic needs, poverty and vulnerability. It revisits various discussions –many of them forgotten- and proposed categories from which at present we map the social question. The analysis of multiple memories involved in the production of these categories, allows to account for different regimes of enunciation that, at every historical and political circumstances, organized what could and should be said about the “subclasses”. In particular, it explores the decline of diagnoses focused on macro-causality and consolidation, as from the 80s, of a descriptivist perspective. This mutation is part of a more general transformation that relegated the questioning of capitalism to a marginal position

Grondona Ana has a degree in Sociology and a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. She is a researcher of CONICET / IIGG and Centro Cultural de la Cooperación Floreal Gorini. Currently part of the Group Study Group in History and Discourse (GEHD).

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