To Belong in Buenos Aires

To Belong in Buenos Aires: Germans, Argentines, and the Rise of a Pluralist Society

This book examines how immigrants and Argentines negotiated the terms of citizenship and the nature of cultural pluralism in the city of Buenos Aires between 1880 and 1930. Focusing on self-appointed community leaders, bilingual children, public education reformers, and religious groups, it analyzes the activities and fantasies of those who sought to create a lasting German community in the city and the numerous examples of those who challenged that project. It argues that ideas about the future and belonging drove immigrants to push for a more inclusive definition of Argentine citizenship, one that allowed space for cultural pluralism.

Stanford University Press will publish the book in January of 2018.

One chapter of this book grows out my article, “Paternal Communities: Social Welfare and Immigration in Argentina, 1880-1930.” It appeared in the Journal of Social History in 2015.