The construction of an Italian diasporic identity in the city of Buenos Aires at the turn of the 19th century
Daniela Anabel González studies the processes of identity construction developed by the Italian immigrants who massively arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the turn of the 19th century. Through the analysis of a set of popular song lyrics, comments made in cultural magazines and memories written by artists of the time, the author seeks to reveal the strategies of appropriation and resistance that this community put into practice to build their identity in the diaspora, and the heterogeneous and changing character of this identity. As the analysis of the documents shows, the members of the Italian elite tried to distinguish themselves from argentine people through the celebration and vindication of their own intellectual traditions while the broader sectors of the diasporic Italian society attempted to integrate themselves into the receiving culture. These integration attempts, which involved multiple tensions, negotiations and identity redefinitions, found in popular art and music expressions a proper place to manifest themselves, and to trigger significant hybridization processes that influenced both Argentine and Italian culture.