By Cristina Rojas
Civilization and violence aren't inevitably the antagonists we presume-with civilization taming violence, and violence unmaking civilization. concentrating on postindependence Colombia, this publication brings to gentle the ways that violence and civilization truly intertwined and strengthened one another within the improvement of postcolonial capitalism. The narratives of civilization and violence, Cristina Rojas contends, play key roles within the formation of racial, gender, and sophistication identities; additionally they offer pivotal good judgment to either the formation of the country and the tactics of capitalist improvement. throughout the Liberal period of Colombian historical past (1849-1878), a dominant Creole elite enforced a "will to civilization" that sought to create a brand new international in its personal picture. Rojas explores diversified arenas within which this pursuit intended the violent imposition of white, liberal, laissez-faire capitalism. Drawing on a variety of social thought, Rojas develops a brand new approach of realizing the connection among violence and the formation of nationwide identity-not simply within the historical past of Colombia, but in addition within the broader narratives of civilization. Cristina Rojas teaches Latin American politics and foreign political economic system on the Norman Paterson university of overseas Affairs at Carleton college in Ottawa. Borderlines sequence, quantity 19
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Extra resources for Civilization And Violence: Regimes of Representation in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (Borderlines series)
In chapter 4, “The Subalterns’ Voices,” I retrieve the voices of the subaltern and therefore overcome the monologism frequently found in the attempt to understand the positions of the self and the Other. In it I argue that the regime of representation is built out of a process of exchange, in time and space, of several languages. Regimes of representation imply the presence of actors with different points of view, bringing different voices in contact with one another. In chapter 5, “The Will to Civilization and Its Encounter with Laissez Faire,” I focus on the contradictory encounter between the two regimes of representation.
Civilized” and “barbarian” met within the same territorial space. Once the distinction had been lost, how was one to proceed? By what means was civilization to be implemented? The capacity of the creoles to become the legitimate carriers of civilization depended on the balance between the feelings of continuity and discontinuity with European civilization. Discrediting Spaniards’ capacity to install civilization was the road followed by the Liberal Party, which was in power. José María Samper’s Ensayo sobre las Revoluciones Políticas (1861) provided a rationale for Spain’s failure to accomplish civilization after four hundred years of domination.
The reading of history based on the desire to accumulate wealth has led to inadequate consideration of the importance of the struggle for civilization, in whose name civil wars were fought and political conflict occurred. the will to civilization · 5 T H E W I L L TO C I V I L I Z AT I O N A S A S PAC E O F D E S I R E The second half of the nineteenth century was a decisive period in Colombian history. Forty years had passed since the country had achieved independence in 1810. Those who had struggled for independence and formed part of the first generation born in the republic shared a feeling of the persistence of a colonial past that needed to be superseded and an image of a future to be constructed.
Civilization And Violence: Regimes of Representation in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (Borderlines series) by Cristina Rojas