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The Devil and Florentino: Specters of Petro-Populism in Venezuela

Title
The Devil and Florentino: Specters of Petro-Populism in Venezuela
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr Aaron Kappeler # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
1st Feb 2019 15:00 - 1st Feb 2019 17:00
Location
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.san.ed.ac.uk/events/research_seminars/2018_2019/the_devil_and_florentino_specters_of_petro-populism_in_venezuela

Contributing to recent debates on the theory of the resource curse and extractive capitalism, this talk explores the role of the devil in populist discourse in Venezuela and its relationship to subaltern consciousness. Showing how rural subalterns and state elites deploy images drawn from local folklore as part of ongoing political struggles, I argue these ‘spectres’ effectively mediate the tensions of the transition from a resource economy to a more productivist model of growth. The talk concludes with some thoughts on ethnographic reflexivity and materialist theories of culture.

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