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Dilemmas of ModernityBolivian Encounters with Law and Liberalism$
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Mark Goodale

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759816

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759816.001.0001

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New Revolutionary Moves

(p.161) Conclusion
Dilemmas of Modernity
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This book has developed a framework through which the meanings and implications of Bolivia's modern trajectory can, in part, be understood, by focusing on the emergence and historical transformation of particular social, legal, and discursive patterns. In engaging in an ethnography and critical history of key ideas as much as the social practices through which they are made concrete in particular places and times, it shows how postcolonial Bolivia has been marked by a counterintuitive kind of stability, one in which a set of framing discourses has shaped events at the national level as much as it has events in supposedly isolated regions like the norte de Potosí. This concluding chapter addresses the following questions: How does the theoretical framework developed in this book explain, if at all, Bolivia's emergent revolution? Do the events of the last years signal a rupture in the patterns of intention that have shaped the unfolding of modern Bolivia since the early nineteenth century? Or do they actually demonstrate the continuing influence of these patterns? Before it can answer these questions, it first brings together and briefly recapitulates the different strands that have been interwoven through the preceding chapters.

Keywords:   Bolivia, modernity, liberalism, law, ethnography

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