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Identity and Modernity in Latin America.

Author: Jorge Larrain
Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2013.
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In this important new book Jorge Larrain examines the trajectories of modernity and identity in Latin America and their reciprocal relationships. Drawing on a large body of work across a vast historical and geographical range, he offers an innovative and wide-ranging account of the cultural transformations and processes of modernization that have occurred in Latin America since colonial times. The book begins with a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Larrain, Jorge.
Identity and Modernity in Latin America.
Hoboken : Wiley, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jorge Larrain
ISBN: 9780745667515 0745667511
OCLC Number: 852758658
Description: 1 online resource (260 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1: Modernity and Identity; Dimensions of modernity; Crises of modernity; Historical trajectories to modernity; The Latin American trajectory to modernity; The three component parts of identity; Personal and collective identities; National identity and the two poles of culture; Different theoretical conceptions of national identity; Globalization and identity; 2: The Colonial Stage, Modernity Denied: 1492-1810; Cultural reasons for a defeat; The socioeconomic consequences of the conquest. The Spanish and Portuguese construction of the otherThe judgement of European philosophy and science; The construction of a colonial identity; The case against the idea of a 'baroque' modernity; 3: Oligarchic Modernity: 1810-1900; Beginnings and limits of modernization (1810-1850); The search for a new identity; Consolidation of the exporting economy (1850-1900); The new cultural synthesis: positivism and racism; The romantic novel and modernism; Modernity against old identity; 4: The End of Oligarchic Modernity: 1900-1950; The crisis of oligarchic modernity and populist modernization. The transitionAnti-imperialism and the realist novel; Indigenismo; The national populist stage; The 1930s essayists and the Latin American character; Hispanism; 5: Postwar Expansion: 1950-1970; Economic development and modernization; The new theories of development and modernization; The thought of the Economic Commission for Latin America; Theories of dependency; The problem of national culture and identity; The Latin American novel 'boom'; 6: Dictatorships and the Lost Decade: 1970-1990; The crisis of the 1970s and 1980s; The ambivalence of Latin American modernity; Identity crisis. The search for a 'true' identityNeo-Indigenismo; Cultural mestizaje; Identity and popular religiosity; Towards a critique of essentialism; 7: The Neoliberal Stage: 1990 onwards; General mechanisms and tendencies of late modernity; Modernization, identity and neoliberalism in the 1990s; The identity of Archilochus' hedgehog; The ambiguities of postmodernism; The power of media and new trends in literature; 8: Key Elements of Latin American Modernity and Identity; Clientelism, traditionalism and weak civil society; Politics, democracy and human rights. Authoritarianism, legalistic lack of principle and masked racismExclusion and solidarity; The religious factor; Conclusion; Notes; Glossary; Index.

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In this important new book Jorge Larrain examines the trajectories of modernity and identity in Latin America and their reciprocal relationships. Drawing on a large body of work across a vast historical and geographical range, he offers an innovative and wide-ranging account of the cultural transformations and processes of modernization that have occurred in Latin America since colonial times. The book begins with a theoretical discussion of the concepts of modernity and identity. In contrast to theories which present modernity and identity in Latin America as mutually excluding phenomena, the book shows their continuity and interconnection. It also traces historically the respects in which the Latin American trajectory to modernity differs from or converges with other trajectories, using this as a basis to explore specific elements of Latin America's culture and modernity today.

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