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This dissertation proposes to undertake a qualitative investigation of revolutionary behavior and perceptions thereof on the part of individual members of the left in Argentina before, after and during the 2001 period. By doing this, the study aims to answer the important question as to what the political and social consequences of the 2001 economic crisis were and why no fundamental social and political change occured. This study is also generally relevant to other contemporary social movements in Latin America because it has been situated within the currently prevailing theories of revolution and social movements. The study focuses on a comparative analysis of two separate, failed attempts at revolutionary political and social change in Argentina. It also undertakes an analysis of the effects of a change to democratic practice and ideology on prior and current revolutionary aspirations and introduces the concept of "revolutionary sentiment"

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