This book seeks to develop our understanding of the contemporary geopolitical reconfigurations of two regions of the world system with high cultural affinity and traditional close relations: Latin America and Europe.
Relations between Latin America and Europe have been interpreted generally in the social sciences as synonyms of interstate relations. However, although States remain the most important actor in the geopolitical scene, they have been deeply reconfigured in recent decades, impacted by transnational dynamics, politics and spaces. This book highlights interregional relations and transnational dynamics between Latin America and Europe from a critical geopolitics perspective, promoting a new look for interregional relations which encompasses international cooperation and development, global policies, borders, inequalities and social movements. It brings attention to the relevance of interregionalism in the current geopolitical reconfiguration of the world system, but also argues for systematic inclusion of relevant new social actors and imaginaries in this traditional sphere of states. These social actors, particularly social movements and practices of contestation, are developing not only "international" bonds but a new "transnational" field, where networks defy traditional territorial orders.
This volume seeks to generate a new discussion among scholars of geopolitics, international relations, social theory and social movement studies by encouraging a development of an interregional and transnational perspective of the two regions.
Table of Contents
Foreword: "Latin" America and Former "South/Western Europe" in the World (Dis) Order
Introduction: The Geopolitics of Interregionalism and Transnationalism
Heriberto Cairo and Breno Bringel
Part I: Latin America and Europe in The Contemporary World System: Imperiality, Domination and Cooperation
1. Interventionism, Invasiveness and the Geopolitics of the Imperial: In Search of the Pathways of Power
2. Social Liberalism and Global Domination: Lessons for Latin America and Europe
José Maurício Domingues
3. Euro-Latin American Interregionalism in the New Post-cold War Geopolitical Order
Part II: Geopolitical Imaginaries and Socio-Territorial Orders in Latin America and Europe
4. European Models, Latin American Cases: Eurocentrism and the Contentious Politics of State Formation
Pedro dos Santos de Borba
5. Forgotten Europes. Rethinking Regional Entanglements from the Caribbean
6. Geopolitical Narratives of an ‘Accommodating’ State in the Face of ‘Low Geopolitics’: The Marca España and Attracting Multilatina Investment
Rosa de la Fuente and Renato L. P. Miranda
7. Beyond the ‘Lettered Border’: Towards a Comparative Horizon in European and Latin American Border Studies
Olivier Thomas Kramsch
8. Beyond a Regional Gaze? Orders, Borders and Modern Geopolitical Imaginations in Europe and Latin America
Part III: (Inter)regionalism from Below: Social Actors, Pedagogies and Transnational Practices
9. Interregionalism from Below: Cultural Affinity, Translation and Solidarities in the Ibero-American Space
Breno Bringel and Heriberto Cairo
10. The New Cycle of Women’s Mobilizations between Latin America and Europe: A Feminist Geopolitics Perspective on Interregionalism
Almudena Cabezas-González and Gabriela Pinheiro Machado Brochman
11. New configurations in the Geopolitics of Transnational Solidarities: Mexico inside Barcelona, from Zapatistas to Indignados
Livia Alcantara and Breno Bringel
Epilogue: Latin Americanization of Europe: Possibilities for a Geopolitical Pedagogical Transformation
Heriberto Cairo is Professor in Political Sciences at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, where he has been dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology. He has published extensively in geopolitics, peace and conflict studies and Latin American integration process.
Breno Bringel is Professor at the Institute of Social and Political Studies at the Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil, where he coordinates the PhD Program in Sociology. He has published extensively in social movements, transnational activism and Latin American thought.