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Subject/Keyword
Governmentality
Decoloniality
UNASUR
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Vergara Dávila, Claudia
Supervisor and department
Castro-Rea, Julián (Political Science)
Smith, Malinda (Political Science)
Examining committee member and department
Rein, Sandra (Political Studies)
Department
Department of Political Science
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-09-26T10:30:42Z
Graduation date
2012-09
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In a context of international crisis, regionalism and regionalization are captivating academic attention as instruments for change. I aim to answer a main question: Does the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) entail a transformative exercise of government in this region? Also, what does the characterization of UNASUR as ―postneoliberal‖ imply and how is it formulated? This critical theoretical study draws on governmentality and decoloniality to evaluate the transformative potentialities and novelty of regionalism and, specifically, UNASUR. This thesis contributes to the knowledge of regionalism first, by assessing determinism and flaws of mainstream regionalism research; second, assessing the shared assumptions underlying the research of UNASUR; third, identifying the South American initiative‘s political rationality and alternative excluded rationalities. Based on the decolonial stance, this thesis concludes that UNASUR‘s political rationality is not transformative. Rather, it may be understood in the context of mainstream regionalism research reproducing the modern/colonial matrix of power.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R38J0V
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