UCL Institute of the Americas


Thomas Maier

The Shape of the State to Come: Transnationality and the Social Imaginary of the Welfare State in Argentina, 1930-1952


Professor Paulo Drinot and Professor Maxine Molyneux

My research focuses on the social imagery of the welfare-state in Argentina between 1930 and 1952. I am particularly interested in the productive space between the knowledge production in the social sciences of the time, and the political realm across the whole political spectrum in issues of welfare and the regulation of the social. Additionally, I will focus on the transnationality of the discourse about the formation of a modern welfare state in Argentina. Both the diffusion of ideas about modern social policy from different, nationally organized societies, the translations of concepts and debates about the relevance for the Argentine reality, as well as the mobility of social actors in the Atlantic world are of interest.