The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development
AUTHOR: SaldaÃƒÂ±a-Portillo, MarÃƒÂa Josefina
PUBLISHER: Duke University Press
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Reading governmental reports, memos, and policies, Salda#65533;a-Portillo traces the arc of development narratives from its beginnings in the 1944 Bretton Woods conference through its apex during Robert S. McNamara's reign at the World Bank (1968-1981). She compares these narratives with models of subjectivity and agency embedded in the autobiographical texts of three revolutionary icons of the 1960s and 1970s--those of Che Guevara, Guatemalan insurgent Mario Payeras, and Malcolm X--and the agricultural policy of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). Salda#65533;a-Portillo highlights a shared paradigm of a masculinist transformation of the individual requiring the "transcendence" of ethnic particularity for the good of the nation. While she argues that this model of progress often alienated the very communities targeted by the revolutionaries, she shows how contemporary insurgents such as Rigoberta Mench#65533;, the Zapatista movement, and queer Aztl#65533;n have taken up the radicalism of their predecessors to retheorize revolutionary subjectivity for the twenty-first century.
PUBLICATION DATE: 11/7/2003
CATEGORY: Business & Economics, Political Science