From Insecurity to Dependency

Susana Narotzky and Gavin Smith

in Immediate Struggles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245686
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939011 | DOI:
From Insecurity to Dependency

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This chapter appraises the postwar habitualization of personalized repression characterized by a complex dialectic that arose between the exercise of power in controlling people's conducts and the imbrication of power within the structured ways people feel about themselves and the kind of world they live in. The one does not determine the other; rather, each conditions the other's possibility. A historical sociology makes possible the exploration of specific forms of power in constituting subjectivities because it describes instituted practice and structured feeling as mutually constituting. The practice of favoring one person or family over another must be understood as more than just the conscious intentions of the patrón or the docility it produces in the character of the aniaguero. The chapter seeks to analyze it in terms of a set of power-inflected institutionalized practices, which over time becomes habitualized over certain swathes of social landscape while being resisted in others.

Keywords: personalized repression; dialectic; subjectivities; personalistic; patrón; historical sociology

Chapter.  9729 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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