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By Cristina Rojas

Civilization and violence aren't unavoidably the antagonists we presume-with civilization taming violence, and violence unmaking civilization. concentrating on postindependence Colombia, this ebook brings to mild 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; in addition they supply pivotal common sense to either the formation of the kingdom and the approaches of capitalist improvement. in the course of 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 global in its personal picture. Rojas explores various arenas within which this pursuit intended the violent imposition of white, liberal, laissez-faire capitalism. Drawing on quite a lot of social conception, Rojas develops a brand new manner of figuring out 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 overseas political economic system on the Norman Paterson tuition of overseas Affairs at Carleton college in Ottawa. Borderlines sequence, quantity 19

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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. Contrary to the arguments that contend that laissez-faire held a hegemonic position, I argue that the will xxx · introduction to civilization was the prevalent representation. The will to civilization presupposed ethnic, gender, and class hierarchies that collided with laissez-faire principles.

Third, political antagonism between Liberals and Conservatives was embedded in the mimetic desire of each side to civilize the other. In the Colombian case, each party was conceived as the Other’s double, and so violence ensued. Fourth, the suppression of alternative histories into a universal History overruled the creation of a common space for recognition to supersede violence. C I V I L I Z AT I O N ? Y E S , B U T W H O S E ? There was not a clear transition between the effacement of the system of differences inherited from the colonial order and the estab- civilization and violence · 25 lishment of identities to accompany the search for civilization.

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. Contrary to the arguments that contend that laissez-faire held a hegemonic position, I argue that the will xxx · introduction to civilization was the prevalent representation.

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