From "Real Courage pious Catholic" in the eyes of Argos: brandy and governmentality in Costa Rica (1750-1837)

How power is exercised and how it is defined as an specific form of government in discourses around the liquor state monopoly in Costa Rica, between 1750 and 1837, is the subject of this essay, which applies the Michel Foucault’s notion of governmentality to the analysis of colonial and independent...

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Main Author: D’Alolio Sánchez, Ileana
Format: Artículo
Language: Español
Published: UCR 2013
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Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/estudios/article/view/12706
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/19928
Summary: How power is exercised and how it is defined as an specific form of government in discourses around the liquor state monopoly in Costa Rica, between 1750 and 1837, is the subject of this essay, which applies the Michel Foucault’s notion of governmentality to the analysis of colonial and independent state legislation about liquor. We conclude that the reflections and justifications on why must be established and sustained the monopoly of liquor, show a government practice address to the primacy of the economic and fiscal aspects over moral ones, and to the establishment of a tax subject that assume greater market exposure