Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 April 2016

408 Pages | 14 b/w Illus.

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780823263653

Bookseller Code (06)

Dancing Jacobins

Rafael Sánchez

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • This long-awaited book presents an insightful and at the same time rollicking account of the Latin American populist form the author terms "monumental governmentality." It combines a theatricalizing of political leaders to a sometimes absurdly gigantic and statesque extent with those leaders' antic efforts to effectuate their political power through a syncopated, winiking, salsa-like personal style that appeals directly to the mass audience. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is the prime example, and the central focus of the book.
  • Theoretically, the book is a marvelously rich example of anthropological writing, which can be read with pleasure by those not Latin Americanists for its insights in practical and poltiical philosophy.
  • Historically and in term of policy, it gives an excellent account of a Latin American political style that tends simply to be laughed at in the U.S.--but that persists and is effective nonethess

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