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By Rafael Sánchez

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 during which a nation’s existence unfolds. This booklet apprehends that trope not only because the phantasmatic projection of postcolonial elites frightened of the preferred sectors but in addition as a symptom of a obdurate historic situation: the cyclical insistence with which the subaltern populations menacingly go back to the nation’s public areas within the type of crowds.

Focused on Venezuela yet suitable to the remainder of Latin the US, 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 trouble started to take form in that country on the time of independence. expert via a Bolivarian political theology, the nation’s representatives, or “dancing Jacobins,” recursively draw at the repertoire of busts, images, 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 degree of the polity as a ponderously statuesque but sometimes riotous mirrored image of the nation’s normal will.

To at the present time, the fearful 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 constructions, and, now not least, its military. via this circulate of assortment and dispersion, those associations are perpetually haunted and imbued from inside of through the crowds they in a different way got down to mould, enframe, and address.

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