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Docile bodies and glances found. Miniaturization of the bodies and signs of resistance in the postcards of argentinean indians (1900-1940).

Abstract in spanish

For their diversity and serial reproduction, Indian postcards occupied a prominent place in the field of ethnographic photography in the period 1900-1940 and in the creation and dissemination of the "Indian" stereotype. In this paper, which deals with the Argentine case, we investigate the relationship of the manipulation of the bodies with the resistance expressed by the photographed and represented in these postcards. From this perspective, these images, rather than mere reproductions of exoticism, appear as documents of an unequal encounter that has been inscribed in them.   

Keywords: Postcards,indians,photography,Argentina.
Author: Carlos Masotta. Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires.
Received: January 15th, 2003, Accepted: July 08th, 2003
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 3 - Santiago, Julio 2003 - 1/16 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.