Magical State Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela

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 Coronil examines key transformations in Venezuela's polity, culture, and economy, recasting theories of development and highlighting the relevance of these processes for other postcolonial nations. The result is a timely and compelling historical ethnography of political power at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary reflections on modernity and the state.
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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
Preface
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
References
Index
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