The Festive State: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism as Cultural Performance / Edition 1

The Festive State: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism as Cultural Performance / Edition 1

by David M. Guss
     
 


"The most important work to come out of Latin Americanist scholarship in years. . . . Festivity presents the cultural arena wherein the power of oneness of a people, and the forces of diversity and contestation, are played out. To illustrate how this is so by reference to national political economies, global economic powers, shifting and sliding racialized markers… See more details below

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"The most important work to come out of Latin Americanist scholarship in years. . . . Festivity presents the cultural arena wherein the power of oneness of a people, and the forces of diversity and contestation, are played out. To illustrate how this is so by reference to national political economies, global economic powers, shifting and sliding racialized markers of identity, and the cultural production of representation is extremely difficult. But the author pulls it off with literary verve and academic alacrity, in clear, readable, and engaging prose."—Norman Whitten, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"A magnificent piece of work . . . located at the theoretical cutting edge, given its concerns with the nature of the state, the nature of culture, and cultural performance as a sort of dynamo that shapes, reshapes, and distorts everything in sight including itself. . . . This is ethnography at its best."—Jean-Paul Dumont, George Mason University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520223318
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/02/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

1. Variations on a Venezuelan Quartet
2. The Selling of San Juan: The Performance of History in an Afro-Venezuelan Community
3. "Indianness" and the Construction of Ethnicity in the Day of the Monkey
4. "Full Speed Ahead with Venezuela": The Tobacco Industry, Nationalism, and the Business of Popular Culture
5. From Village Square to Opera House: Tamunangue and the Theater of Domination

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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