ABSTRACT

Remaking the Nation is an exploratory intervention into the complex terrain of nations, nationalisms and national identities in Latin America. While our focus is regionally specific our concerns are prompted by a series of pressing political and theoretical issues that simultaneously threaten and sometimes disrupt the fragile democratic settlements of earlier periods. We live currently in a world suffused with nationalist discourses and yet more securely woven together via international capitalism than ever before. Our age is beset with contradictions, some of which are condensed into nationalist fervour. In entering this terrain, we do so with some trepidation, offering an analysis which we hope will encourage debate and, for those unfamiliar with Latin America, will inform in ways that stimulate a rethinking of global concerns.