The Social Economy of Afro-Argentines and African Immigrants in Buenos Aires

  • Prisca Gayles
  • Diane Ghogomu
Part of the Perspectives from Social Economics book series (PSE)


In this chapter, we examine the ways in which the Black social economy in Buenos Aires provides a means for subsistence, integration, and political articulation. Furthermore, we argue that it is an important site of converging and forging diasporic connections. We observe the ways in which Afro-Argentines, Afro-descendants, and African immigrants living in Buenos Aires participate in informal groups, charities, and mutual-aid societies to gain a political and social positioning that is difficult to achieve by formal means. This analysis is situated against recent state recognition of the need to address the visibility, recognition, and rights of Afro-descendants outlined in the Ley 26.852 of 2013 and Argentina raices afro, the publication of the Secretary of Human Rights in 2014. Despite recent laws and public policies that recognize the presence of Afro-descendants in Argentina as well as the inequality of their political, social, and cultural experience, structural and discursive racism continue to disenfranchise Afro-descendants.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prisca Gayles
    • 1
  • Diane Ghogomu
    • 2
  1. 1.Lozano Long Institute of Latin American StudiesThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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