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Revista Uruguaya de Ciencia Política

Print version ISSN 0797-9789On-line version ISSN 1688-499X

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MONTERO, Ana Soledad. From a young activist to a wise old man: Narratives about the recent past in Néstor Kirchner (Argentina, 2003-2007) and José Mujica’s (Uruguay, 2010-2015) discourses. Rev. Urug. Cienc. Polít. [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.spe, pp.121-137. ISSN 0797-9789.

The aim of this paper is to interrogate, from a comparative perspective, discursive memories and narratives about the recent past in political speeches of former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007) and former Uruguayan President JoséMujica (2010-2015)and its influence on theirethos configuration, that is, the self-image that is projected by their speeches. Based on the idea that discursive ethos is linked to political identities,we argue that while Kirchner’s ethos is identified with the figure of the young activists of the 1970s, Mujica’s image emerges from a disaffection with his role as atupamaro leader. Thus, their different leadership styles and their current standings can belargely explained throughtheir links with the recent past

Keywords : narrative; recent past; ethos; political identities.

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