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Dancing Jacobins

Rafael Sánchez


Since independence from Spain the trope of an endless antagonism pitting civilization against barbarism has remained pervasive in Latin America’s republican imaginary. This book apprehends that trope not just as the phantasmatic projection of postcolonial elites fearful of the popular sectors, but also as a symptom of a stubborn historical predicament: the cyclical insistence with which the subaltern populations return to the nation’s public spaces in the form of crowds. Focused on Venezuela but relevant to Latin America, Dancing Jacobins is a genealogical investigation of the populist “monume ... More

Keywords: crowds, monumental governmentality, political representation, political theology, populism, republicanism, Venezuela

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823263653
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rafael Sánchez, author
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva