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The Magical State : Nature, Money and Modernity in Venezuela - Fernando Coronil

The Magical State

Nature, Money and Modernity in Venezuela

Paperback Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780226116020
Number Of Pages: 464

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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.

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
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ISBN: 9780226116020
ISBN-10: 0226116026
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition