The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela / Edition 2

The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela / Edition 2

by Fernando Coronil, Frenando Coronil
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226116018

ISBN-13: 9780226116013

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226116013
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
466
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: The Magical State and Occidentalism1
Pt. IPremiere - The Nature of the Nation: State Fetishism and Nationalism
1History's Nature21
2The Nation's Two Bodies67
Pt. IIDebut - Venezuelan Counterpoint: Dictatorship and Democracy
3The Eighteenth Brumaire of Dictatorship121
4Constructing the Nation; The Nation as a Construct166
5The Twenty-third of January of Democracy201
Pt. IIIRevival - The Petrostate and the Sowing of Oil
6The Motors Wars: The Engines of Progress237
7Mirages of El Dorado: The Death of a Tractor Factory286
8The Devil's Excrement: Criminality and Sociality321
Pt. IVSequel - Black Gold: Money Fetishism and Modernity
9Harvesting the Oil: The Storm of Progress367
10Beyond Occidentalism: A Subaltern Modernity387
References395
Index433

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