ABSTRACT

Anyone involved in Latin American studies knows what it is to be placed last on the program, when everyone else has left the conference. Latin America (and thirdworld sbcieties) generally occupy some exceptional and therefore awkward position in mainstream scholarship. Indeed, they are not yet 'in' it at all. 'British intellectuals: Latin American revolutionaries' was the wording of an ad I once saw in the New Statesman in England. It summed up very nicely the separation of intellectual and manual labor along the axis of metropolis and periphery, as well as suggesting the flow of revolutionary action into areas where people know no better than to fight. The conclusion is that the Third World is not much of a place for theory; and if it has to be fitted into theory at all, it can be accounted for as exceptional or regional.