Neither Virgins nor Whores: Tango Lyrics and Gender Representations in the Tango World


  • Anahí Viladrich has a vast career of research and writing on the impact of culture on gender roles, reproductive health issues, as well as immigration and health in both her home country (Argentina) and in the US. After being trained as a sociologist in Argentina, she came to the US in 1994 to pursue a master's degree in Sociology at the New School University and then an MPhil and a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences (with specialization in Anthropology) at Columbia University. She is currently an assistant professor at the School of Health Sciences, Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she directs the Immigration and Health Initiative. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Marisa de Castro Benton Prize and Distinction awarded by Columbia University in 2003 for her PhD thesis on the role of social networks in assisting Argentine immigrants to overcome access barriers to health care. Her interest in immigrants' global networks has recently led her to examine the role and importance of ethnic enclaves and artistic diasporas (e.g., the tango world) in the resolution of immigrants' social and health needs.