Race, Development, and National Identity in Panama

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Race, Development, and National Identity in Panama
Physical Description:
1 online resource (vii, 101 leaves) : ill.
Flores-Villalobos, Joan V.
University of Texas
Place of Publication:
Austin, TX
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Subjects / Keywords:
Panama -- Nation -- Race -- Development
Thesis (M.A.) -- University of Texas at Austin, 2012
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )


After reversion of Canal ownership from the U.S. to Panama in 1999, the construction of Panamanian national identity became deeply tied to notions of development. This thesis explores how the discourse of development is created, circulated and negotiated through important Panamanian cultural institutions. It shows how race and raced bodies became the dominant site for the negotiation of Panamanian national identity in the post-Reversion era. This discourse of development promotes the "myth of mestizaje"--a myth that the nation is homogeneous and without racial difference. Through the example of Panama, we perceive the cracks in the global notion of development as "common sense" and uniformly experienced
Scope and Content:
Introduction; Chapter 1: Race and the Discourse of Development in the Panama Canal Authority; Chapter 2: Cultural Development through the Interoceanic Canal Museum; Chapter 3: The Multiple Histories of the West Indian Museum; Conclusion; Appendix: Figures; Bibliography
Thesis/dissertation : Document
General Note:
This thesis is available as Open Access with the link from the description. The record for this item added to support ease of access for use of the thesis in the "Panama Silver, Asian Gold" Digital Humanities course being taught at three institutions in fall 2013.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
Copyright by Joan V. Flores-Villalobos 2012.
Resource Identifier:
oclc - 803974185
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