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Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies Book List

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Captured Peace
Elites and Peacebuilding in El Salvador
By Christine J. Wade

The most comprehensive, up-to-date book on Salvadoran politics of the last twenty-five years.

Political Science · Latin American Studies · International Studies · Peace Studies · El Salvador · Central America · Americas

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Child Slaves in the Modern World
Edited by Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller

Child Slaves in the Modern World is the second of two volumes that examine the distinctive uses and experiences of children in slavery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This collection of previously unpublished essays exposes the global victimization of child slaves from the period of abolition of legal slavery in the nineteenth century to the human rights era of the twentieth century.

African Child · African Studies · Childhood · Slavery and Slave Trade · Global Issues · History · International Studies · Latin American Studies

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Pachakutik and the Rise and Decline of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement
By Kenneth J. Mijeski and Scott H. Beck

The mobilization of militant indigenous politics is one of the most important stories in Latin American studies today. In this critical work, Kenneth J. Mijeski and Scott H. Beck examine the rise and decline of Ecuador’s leading indigenous party, Pachakutik, as it tried to transform the state into a participative democracy.

Latin American History · History · Latin American Studies · Political Science

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Populist Seduction in Latin America
By Carlos de la Torre

Is Latin America experiencing a resurgence of leftwing governments, or are we seeing a rebirth of national-radical populism? Are the governments of Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales, and Rafael Correa becoming institutionalized as these leaders claim novel models of participatory and direct democracy? Or are they reenacting older traditions that have favored plebiscitary acclamation and clientelist distribution of resources to loyal followers?

Latin American History · Political Science · History · Latin American Studies · South America · Americas · Central America · 20th century

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When Sugar Ruled
Economy and Society in Northwestern Argentina, Tucumán, 1876–1916
By Patricia Juarez–Dappe

Two tropical commodities—coffee and sugar—dominated Latin American export economies in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. When Sugar Ruled: Economy and Society in Northwestern Argentina, Tucumán, 1876–1916 presents a distinctive case that does not quite fit into the pattern of many Latin American sugar economies.

Argentina · South America · Americas · 19th century · Latin American History · History · Latin American Studies

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Blood and Capital
The Paramilitarization of Colombia
By Jasmin Hristov

In Blood and Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia, Jasmin Hristov examines the complexities, dynamics, and contradictions of present-day armed conflict in Colombia. She conducts an in-depth inquiry into the restructuring of the state’s coercive apparatus and the phenomenon of paramilitarism by looking at its military, political, and legal dimensions.

Sociology · Violence in Society · Human Rights · Latin American Studies · Colombia

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The Carnivalesque Defunto
Death and the Dead in Modern Brazilian Literature
By Robert H. Moser

The Carnivalesque Defunto explores the representations of death and the dead in Brazil’s collective and literary imagination. The recurring stereotype of Brazil as the land of samba, soccer, and sandy beaches overlooks a more complex cultural heritage in which, since colonial times, a relationship of proximity and reciprocity has been cultivated between the living and the dead.

Literary Studies · Latin American Studies · Latin American Literature · Brazil · South America · Americas

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Madness in Buenos Aires
Patients, Psychiatrists and the Argentine State, 1880–1983
By Jonathan Ablard

Madness in Buenos Aires examines the interactions between psychiatrists, patients and their families, and the national state in modern Argentina. This book offers a fresh interpretation of the Argentine state’s relationship to modernity and social change during the twentieth century, while also examining the often contentious place of psychiatry in modern Argentina.

Latin American History · Medical Humanities · History of Psychiatry · Latin American Studies · Argentina

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Women and Slavery, Volume One
Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic
Edited by Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller

The literature on women enslaved around the world has grown rapidly in the last ten years, evidencing strong interest in the subject across a range of academic disciplines.

Women’s Studies · African History · History · African Studies · American History · Latin American Studies · Latin American History · Slavery and Slave Trade · Women’s History

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Organic Coffee
Sustainable Development by Mayan Farmers
By Maria Elena Martinez-Torres

Despite deepening poverty and environmental degradation throughout rural Latin America, Mayan peasant farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, are finding environmental and economic success by growing organic coffee. Organic Coffee: Sustainable Development by Mayan Farmers provides a unique and vivid insight into how this coffee is grown, harvested, processed, and marketed to consumers in Mexico and in the north.

Food Studies · Latin American History · International Studies · Mexico · Latin American Studies

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The Unpast
Elite Violence and Social Control in Brazil, 1954–2000
By R. S. Rose

Portuguese and Brazilian slave-traders shipped at least four million slaves to Brazil—in contrast to the five hundred thousand slaves that English vessels brought to the Americas. Controlling the vast number of slaves in Brazil became of primary importance. The Unpast: Elite Violence and Social Control in Brazil, 1954–2000 documents the ways in which the brutal methods used on plantations led directly to the phenomenon of Brazilian death squads.

History · Violence in Society · Criminology · 21st century · 20th century · Americas · South America · Brazil · International Studies · Latin American History · Global Issues · International History · Latin American Studies

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Feminism and the Legacy of Revolution
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas
By Karen Kampwirth

In many Latin American countries, guerrilla struggle and feminism have been linked in surprising ways. Women were mobilized by the thousands to promote revolutionary agendas that had little to do with increasing gender equality. They ended up creating a uniquely Latin American version of feminism that combined revolutionary goals of economic equality and social justice with typically feminist aims of equality, nonviolence, and reproductive rights.

Gender Studies · North America · Mexico · El Salvador · Americas · Central America · Nicaragua · International Studies · Women’s Studies · Sociology · Latin American Studies · Political Science

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Threatening Others
Nicaraguans and the Formation of National Identities in Costa Rica
By Carlos Sandoval-Garcia

During the last two decades, a decline in public investment has undermined some of the national values and institutions of Costa Rica. The resulting sense of dislocation and loss is usually projected onto Nicaraguan “immigrants.” Threatening Others: Nicaraguans and the Formation of National Identities in Costa Rica explores the representation of the Nicaraguan “other” in the Costa Rican imagery.

Latin American History · History · Race and Ethnicity · 20th century · Costa Rica · Nationalism · Emigration and Immigration · Americas · Central America · Nicaragua · International Studies · Latin American Studies

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Writing Women in Central America
Gender and the Fictionalization of History
By Laura Barbas-Rhoden

What is the relationship between history and fiction in a place with a contentious past? And of what concern is gender in the telling of stories about that past? Writing Women in Central America explores these questions as it considers key Central American texts. This study analyzes how authors appropriate history to confront the rhetoric of the state, global economic powers, and even dissident groups within their own cultures.

Literary Criticism, Latin America · Central America · Latin American Studies · Literary Studies · Literary Criticism, Women Authors · Literary Criticism, Feminist

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Gabriela Mistral
The Audacious Traveler
Edited by Marjorie Agosín

Gabriela Mistral is the only Latin American woman writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Even so, her extraordinary achievements in poetry, narrative, and political essays remain largely untold. Gabriela Mistral: The Audacious Traveler explores boldly and thoughtfully the complex legacy of Mistral and the way in which her work continues to define Latin America.

Gender Studies · 20th century · Chile · Americas · South America · Brazil · International Studies · Women’s Studies · Biography · Literary Studies · Latin American Studies · Latin American Literature