Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo, (Col. Tesis/Ensayo), 1998. first edition. Paperback. 251p.notes, biblio. Near Fine in Wraps. Item #1015
This work by Diana Sorensen offers a vision of the book that wants to be consciously complex and respond to our contemporary way of thinking about sociocultural problems. It shows the fluctuating tension by questioning certain nuclei that a community chooses or deletes as keys. Thus he summons various testimonies, from Sarmiento himself, through those of his contemporaries or those of his later commentators: writers, critics, historians who sacralize or vituperate or try to erase it in successive crossroads space-time and ideology. We are therefore facing another reading but not one more, thought by who knows the demands of post-colonialism. Starting from the founding opposition of the book "civilization and barbarism" and other related pairs such as field and city, central and marginal cultures, junco with not always binarist notions that are associated (power, authority, progress, nation, identity, pluralism, globalization, economy, colonialism) you reach the end of the route. The author acknowledges having consciously avoided reaching a conclusion, and instead of offering a solution she prefers to contribute to an understanding of how and why the terms in conflict define and redefine the nation.