The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development (Latin America Otherwise)
Maria Josefina Saldana-PortilloISBN: 0822331667;
In The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development, Maria Josefina Saldana-Portillo boldly argues that crucial twentieth-century revolutionary challenges to colonialism and capitalism in the Americas have failed to resist?and in fact have been constitutively related to?the very developmentalist narratives that have justified and naturalized post-war capitalism. Saldana-Portillo brings the critique of development discourse to bear on such exemplars of revolutionary and resistant political thought and practice as Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Malcolm X, the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, and the Guatemalan guerrilla resistance. She suggests that in each of these diverse sites, developmentalist constructions frame the struggle as a heroic movement from unconsciousness to consciousness, from a childlike backwardness toward a disciplined and self-aware maturity. Reading governmental reports, memos, and policies, Saldana-Portillo...
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