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"On the Fruitful Convergences of Hirschman's Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, and Shifting Involvements: Reflections From the Recent Argentine Experience"

Author
Guillermo O'Donnell
Abstract

Abstract

Based on concepts formulated by Albert O. Hirschman in Exit, Voice, and Loyalty and in Shifting Involvements, this text proposes the notion of "horizontal voice" as a useful complement to Hirschman's explanations of kinds of action, the formation of collective identities, and cycles of politization and depolitization. "Horizontal voice" is shown as a necessary condition for the exercise of diverse models of voice originally proposed by Hirschman. The arguments presented in this paper are based on research and the daily life experiences of the author during the most repressive years of the last military regime in Argentina.

Resumen

Basado en conceptos formulados por Albert O. Hirschman, especialmente en Exit, Voice, and Loyalty y en Shifting Involvements, el presente texto propone la idea de "voz horizontal" como un útil complemento de aquéllos, sobre todo en lo que respecta a modalidades de acción y de formación de identidades colectivas, y a ciclos de politización y despolitización. La "voz horizontal" aparece en este sentido como condición necesaria para el ejercicio de diversas modalidades de voz originariamente propuestas por Hirschman. El argumento del presente texto es ilustrado mediante los resultados de una investigación y las propias condiciones de vida cotidiana del autor durante los años mas represivos del último régimen militar en la Argentina.

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