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Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (Santa Cruz de la Sierra)

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VILA DE PRADO, Roberto. Liberal thought and Bolivian political culture (1899-1934).Translated byJulio H. Cole. Rev. humanid. cienc. soc. (St. Cruz Sierra) [online]. 2005, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1819-0545.

This paper studies political culture during the Liberal period of Bolivian political history, in terms of collective imagery and processes of structural formation, such as the production and reproduction of social practices. Political culture is also a process of structural formation based on the project-process interaction: the projects of the actors, and processes that obey regularities (structures). Hence, their study requires a double hermeneutic to understand how actors create the political field, and at the same time are created by it. Political culture lato sensu encompasses an epoch’s common sense, social identities and their respective practices; though this does not exclude the possibility of thinking of culture as the crystalization of a concrete thought, which may become hegemonic and articulate, institutionally or socially, a social formation. Old-style liberalism in our America adopted specific forms, such as clientelism and caudillismo. Since political transformations do not operate in a vacuum, we must study the continuity that exists between thought and discursive practices during the 19th century, in order to better understand those which correspond to our own time.

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