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The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela

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In 1935, after the death of dictator General Juan Vicente Gómez, 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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-431) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction: The Magical State and Occidentalism

Pt. I: Premiere - The Nature of the Nation: State Fetishism and Nationalism

1: History's Nature

2: The Nation's Two Bodies

Pt. II: Debut - Venezuelan Counterpoint: Dictatorship and Democracy

3: The Eighteenth Brumaire of Dictatorship

4: Constructing the Nation; The Nation as a Construct

5: The Twenty-third of January of Democracy

Pt. III: Revival - The Petrostate and the Sowing of Oil

6: The Motors Wars: The Engines of Progress

7: Mirages of El Dorado: The Death of a Tractor Factory

8: The Devil's Excrement: Criminality and Sociality

Pt. IV: Sequel - Black Gold: Money Fetishism and Modernity

9: Harvesting the Oil: The Storm of Progress

10: Beyond Occidentalism: A Subaltern Modernity

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226116020
Author:
Coronil, Fernando
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Petroleum industry and trade
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Venezuela
Subject:
Petroleum industry and trade -- Venezuela -- History.
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Venezuela Politics and government.
Subject:
Petroleum industry and trade -- Venezuela.
Subject:
Economics - General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 5J95-01
Publication Date:
19971131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 halftones, 4 line drawings, 20 tables
Pages:
466
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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