Dancing Jacobins: A Venezuelan Genealogy of Latin American - download pdf or read online

By Rafael Sánchez

ISBN-10: 0823263657

ISBN-13: 9780823263653

ISBN-10: 0823263665

ISBN-13: 9780823263660

on account that independence from Spain, a trope has remained pervasive in Latin America’s republican imaginary: that of an unending antagonism pitting civilization opposed to barbarism as irreconcilable poles in which a nation’s existence unfolds. This publication apprehends that trope not only because the phantasmatic projection of postcolonial elites frightened of the preferred sectors but additionally as a symptom of a obdurate old obstacle: the cyclical insistence with which the subaltern populations menacingly go back to the nation’s public areas within the kind of crowds.

Focused on Venezuela yet suitable to the remainder of Latin the United States, and drawing on a wealthy theoretical literature together with authors like Derrida, Foucault, Lacoue-Labarthe, Nancy, Lyotard, Laclau, Taussig, and others, Dancing Jacobins is a genealogical research of the intrinsically populist “monumental governmentality” that during reaction to this difficulty started to take form in that kingdom on the time of independence. knowledgeable by means of a Bolivarian political theology, the nation’s representatives, or “dancing Jacobins,” recursively draw at the repertoire of busts, pics, and equestrian statues of nationwide heroes scattered throughout Venezuela in a montage of monuments and dancing—or common and specific. They monumentalize themselves at the level of the polity as a ponderously statuesque but sometimes riotous mirrored image of the nation’s basic will.

To at the present time, the worried oscillation among crowds and peoplehood intrinsic to this type of presidency has inflected the republic’s associations and constructs, from the sovereign “people” to the nation’s heroic imaginary, its constitutional texts, consultant figures, parliamentary buildings, and, no longer least, its military. via this flow of assortment and dispersion, those associations are normally haunted and imbued from inside through the crowds they in a different way got down to mildew, enframe, and address.

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