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American ValueMigrants, Money, and Meaning in El Salvador and the United States$
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David Pedersen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226653396

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922775.001.0001

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Welcome to Intipucá City

Welcome to Intipucá City

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American Value

David Pedersen

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines contemporary social relations in the pueblo of Intipucá in El Salvador, and how the country's president, Armando Calderón Sol, attempted to link a national project of governance with the particularities of the pueblo and its connection to Washington DC. Before he was elected president in 1994, Calderón Sol served two terms as the mayor of San Salvador, first in 1988 and then in 1991. The chapter first looks at Sol's visit to Intipucá in 1995 and the short speech that he delivered, focusing on its main rhetorical features. It then considers three sets of events to assess why Sol failed to link this national project with the specificity of Intipucá. Finally, the chapter reflects on the paradoxical situation he confronted and highlights the sort of crisis faced by the Salvadoran state in the contemporary period.

Keywords:   social relations, pueblo, Intipucá, El Salvador, Armando Calderón Sol, governance, Washington DC, San Salvador

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