Contentious Lives links individual social performances with sociopolitical events by examining “the intersection of [two] episodes of popular protest with the life histories of . . . two women living in neglected regions of Argentina, paying particular attention to the ways [their] biographies shape their actions and words during the uprisings and the different effects that both episodes have had on their lives” (pp. 2-3). Although the author is a sociologist and this journal’s audience is primarily historians, as an anthropologist myself I hope to contribute to a broader reading of this work based upon ethnographic fieldwork. In my opinion, Auyero has done a great job and surpasses his own hopes to help readers “understand some dimensions of the lived experiences of two massive uprisings, some elements of the everyday life in contemporary Argentina, and their mutual imbrication” (p. 207). By reading Contentious...

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