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The Singer's Needle: An Undisciplined History of Panamá

Ezer Vierba


The Singer’s Needle looks at the relationship between form, subject-formation and power in three historical settings in twentieth century Panama. It analyzes the Liberal reform and its aftermath (1912-1935) by looking at the flagship of its punitive apparatus: the penal colony on the Island of Coiba. It then examines the rule of José Antonio Remón and the judicial drama that followed his assassination (1947-58). Finally, it explores the “disappearance” of Father Héctor Gallego, a radical who transformed the mountainous region of Santa Fe (1966-72). The book argues that in these three historica ... More

Keywords: Coiba, Belisario Porras, prisons, liberalism, polyphonic history, political trials, legal consciousness, Jose Antonio Remon, Omar Torrijos, Hector Gallego

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226342313
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226342597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ezer Vierba, author
Harvard University

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Part I : Coiba: An Introduction to the Panamanian Subject

Part II: Theaters of Authority

Part III: On the Way to Chumumbito