This edited volume assesses the place of looting in Argentina's history, from the era of independence to the December 2013 police revolts. Three of the volume's ten chapters center on the nineteenth century. The remaining seven address the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, five on the period from 1983 to the present and two on the period from 1930 to 1955.

The overarching argument of this edited volume is that lootings are complicated outbursts that are a conglomeration of historical narratives, current social turmoil, and ideological underpinnings. Indeed, one of this volume's major points is to remind readers how ubiquitous lootings have become in modern Argentine identity. Yet, as the editors point out, these acts of collective violence are rarely instances of collective action. Context is everything, an argument that each chapter advances. In doing so, the authors have brought to the forefront...

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