C O N C L U S I O N S
Problem Solving through Political
Mediation as a Structure of Feeling
Half Peronist, Half Journalist
The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their
plicityand familiarity. (One is unable to notice something—because it is always b
one’s eyes.) The real foundations of his enquiry do not strike a man at all. Unless
fact has at some time struck him.—And this means: we fail to be struck by w
once seen, is most striking and most powerful.—L. Wittgenstein, Philosop
Investigations
Eight months into the course of my fieldwork in Paraíso, Peronist f
lore had become for me reality. Governor Duhalde, his wife, and
mayor had become in my mind ‘‘El Negro,’’ ‘‘Chiche,’’ and ‘‘Rolo
was on familiar terms with ‘‘Matilde’’ and ‘‘Juancito.’’ Even Juan
Eva Perón were for me ‘‘Pocho’’ (or ‘‘El General’’ or ‘‘El Macho’’)
‘‘Evita.’’ I was not a convert to Peronism, but the trappings of P
nism—wristwatches with Rolo’s picture printed on them, the blo
hairof the female brokers, the dailydistribution of food at the s—
become unremarkable parts of my normal, everyday life. Such thi
had lost the capacity to surprise me. I had become so involved with
Peronist ‘‘maelstrom’’ that I was losing the distance—what Elias (
calls detachment—necessary for the analysis of the complex interrelati
between Peronism, survival strategies, and urban poverty, my profe
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