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Salud Colectiva

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Abstract

ARMUS, Diego. The journey from the barrio to the city center: "tísicas, milonguitas and costureritas in Buenos Aires, 1910-1940". Salud Colectiva [online]. 2005, vol.1, n.1, pp. 79-96. ISSN 1851-8265.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1851-82652005000100006.

During the first three decades of the 20th century, and in the midst of the fervor of urban change that transformed Buenos Aires into a metropolis, poetry, cinema, theater and tango lyrics repeatedly portrayed the path of neighborhood young females who, by immersing themselves in the downtown nightlife, placed their stakes on a society where social mobility -limited yet real- was part of the urban experience. For the most part written by men, tango lyrics depicted these journeys in a critical tone, and tuberculosis was cast as a form of punishment for these young women who dared to question their assigned place and role in the domestic and neighborhood worlds. Thus, tango lyrics not only offer a highly moralizing account but also paint an image of an illness that seems to be feminine although in fact it was one that affected male and women alike.

Keywords : Tuberculosis; Tango; Gender; Cultural Representations; Urbanitation.

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