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2nd Edition

Development and Decolonization in Latin America

ISBN 9780367627089
Published February 26, 2021 by Routledge
354 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Written in an accessible language, this book is a fully updated and revised edition of Latin American Development, a text that provides a comprehensive introduction to Latin American development in the twenty-first century and is anchored in decolonial theory and other critical approaches. 

This new edition has been revised and updated in a way that takes into account recent changes in political leadership, the retreat of the Pink Tide, the Colombian peace accords, new forms of political and territorial mobilization, the intensification of extractivism, murders of environmental defenders, major disasters, and the new contours of feminist and anti-patriarchal struggles. It features new chapters on decolonial theory, Latin America in the world, disastrous development, Afrodescendant struggles, and the Latin American city. The book emphasizes political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental dimensions of development and considers key challenges facing the region and the diverse ways in which its people are responding, as well as providing analysis of the ways in which such challenges and responses can be theorized. It explores the region’s historical trajectories, the implementation and rejection of the neoliberal model, and the role played by diverse social movements. 

It is an indispensable resource for students and university lecturers and professors in development studies, Latin American studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, and cultural studies. In addition, it provides an invaluable introduction to the region for journalists and development practitioners. 

Table of Contents

1. Made in Conquest: The Making of Contemporary Latin America  2. A Decolonial History of Latin America  3. Coloniality, Capitalism and Neoliberalism  4. Extractivism and Ontological Politics  5. Latin America in the World  6. The Coloniality of Gender and Sexuality  7. Indigenous Politics and Movements  8. Afrodescendant Politics and Movements  9. Disastrous Development  10. The Latin American City  11. Making the Decolonial Turn

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Julie Cupples is Professor of Human Geography and Cultural Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has been working in Latin America since 1990 and has done research in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Colombia, including the San Andrés Archipelago. Her publications have dealt with a range of themes including revolution and conflict, Indigenous and Afrodescendant media practices, gender and sexuality, elections, and disasters and environmental risk.