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Agency and associationism in contexts of institutional violence: actions of Senegalese migrants in the city of La Plata (Argentina)


The following article analyzes the agency of the members of a Senegalese association in the city of La Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina), focusing on its emergence and on the participation of Cisé, who is one of its most active members. At the same time, some of the most relevant sociodemographic characteristics of the Senegalese population in that city are described. For the data collection, a survey, interviews in varying degrees of depth with the association’s referents and participant observations were conducted. The latter included the accompaniment to the Senegalese population in instances of dialog with public officers and the active participation in an assembly to intervene in cases of violence against Senegalese migrants in the city.

Senegalese migrants; agency; association

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