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The social function of Carlos Fuentes : a critical intellectual or in the 'shadow of the state?'.

Morton, Adam David (2003) The social function of Carlos Fuentes : a critical intellectual or in the 'shadow of the state?'. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 22 (1). pp. 27-53. ISSN 0261-3050

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Abstract

This article seeks to raise meaningful questions about the role, or wider social function, of the intellectual within state–civil society relations in Latin America characterised by conditions of socio–economic modernisation. It does so by pursuing such questions through a detailed examination of the social function of Carlos Fuentes as an intellectual in Mexico. Through a focus on the social function of Carlos Fuentes, it is possible to distinguish the role intellectual activity can play in the construction and contestation of hegemony in Mexico. Most crucially, the article prompts consideration of the social basis of hegemony and the agency of intellectuals organically tied to particular social forces functioning through state–civil society relations in the struggle over hegemony. Put differently, it is possible to grant due regard to the mixture of critical opposition and accommodation that has often confronted the intellectual within Latin America.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Bulletin of Latin American Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carlos Fuentes • Mexican Revolution • social function of the intellectual • Antonio Gramsci • hegemony • passive revolution
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24226
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2009 16:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24226

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