LIBERAL AND BOLIVARIAN REGIMES OF TRUTH: TOWARD A CRITICALLY ENGAGED ANTHROPOLOGY IN CARACAS, VENEZUELA

Authors

  • Naomi Schiller


Abstract

Building on Antonio Lauria's insights into how knowledge production motivates different forms of political action or non-action, I consider the difficulties that Venezuelan community media producers face in representing the struggles of poor communities in Caracas, Venezuela. Barrio-based community television activists at Catia TVe, who are aligned with the Chávez government, work in a context of competing regimes of truth about the status of Venezuelan freedom and the achievements of the Bolivarian revolution. Within the context of two opposing summations—one “Liberal” and the other “Bolivarian”—I explore how community television's producers approached a denuncia (complaint) report about the shortcomings of government programs. I argue that in the conjuncture of competing regimes of truth, community media producers worked to shape community sentiment in ways that supported efforts of the Chávez government and social movement actors to move toward a shared vision of a good society. [Venezuela, Chávez, media, regimes of truth, liberalism]

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