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Magical State Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela

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ISBN-10: 0226116026

ISBN-13: 9780226116020

Edition: 1997

Authors: Fernando Coronil

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In 1935, after the death of dictator General Juan Vicente Goacute;mez, Venezuela consolidated its position as the world's major oil exporter and began to establish what today is South America's longest-lasting democratic regime. Endowed with the power of state oil wealth, successive presidents appeared as transcendent figures who could magically transform Venezuela into a modern nation. During the 1974-78 oil boom, dazzling development projects promised finally to effect this transformation. Yet now the state must struggle to appease its foreign creditors, counter a declining economy, and contain a discontented citizenry. In critical dialogue with contemporary social theory, Fernando…    
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/10/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Magical State and Occidentalism
Premiere - The Nature of the Nation: State Fetishism and Nationalism
History's Nature
The Nation's Two Bodies
Debut - Venezuelan Counterpoint: Dictatorship and Democracy
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Dictatorship
Constructing the Nation; The Nation as a Construct
The Twenty-third of January of Democracy
Revival - The Petrostate and the Sowing of Oil
The Motors Wars: The Engines of Progress
Mirages of El Dorado: The Death of a Tractor Factory
The Devil's Excrement: Criminality and Sociality
Sequel - Black Gold: Money Fetishism and Modernity
Harvesting the Oil: The Storm of Progress
Beyond Occidentalism: A Subaltern Modernity