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Anuario Colombiano de Historia Social y de la Cultura

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SCHETTINI, CRISTIANA  and  GALEANO, DIEGO. South American Apaches: Atlantic Connections and Morality Police in the Early Twentieth Century. Anu. colomb. hist. soc. cult. [online]. 2019, vol.46, n.2, pp.87-115. ISSN 0120-2456.

The article analyzes the Atlantic circulation of apaches in the years preceding World War I. It explores two dimensions of the territorial and semantic displacements of this modern type of French criminal: the trips of Parisian apaches to South America and the specific meanings the figure acquired upon arrival to this side of the Atlantic. Associated with forms of crime resulting from massive immigration flows, such as traveling thieves and international pimps, the French criminal was the object of a morality police campaign in Buenos Aires and Río de Janeiro around 1912. Reinvented in the Atlantic cultural circuits, the French criminal ended up holding a central position in surveillance and cooperation practices between the two police forces.

Keywords : apaches; foreigners; pimps; Atlantic; Buenos Aires; immigration; police; Río de Janeiro.

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