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

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

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Manufacturer Fernando Coronil
Shipping Dimension 8.9 x 5.98 x 1.1 inches
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Author Fernando Coronil
Brand Fernando Coronil
Edition 1
Number Of Pages 466
Package Quantity 1
Publication Date 1997-11-10
Release Date 1997-11-10
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About The Magical State: Nature, Money, And Modernity

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.