From the Foundations in Global Studies series, this text offers students a fresh, comprehensive, multidisciplinary entry point to Latin America. After a brief introduction to the study of the region, the early chapters of the book survey the essentials of Latin American history; important historical narratives; and the region’s languages, religions, and global connections. Students are guided through the material with relevant maps, resource boxes, and text boxes that support and guide further independent exploration of the topics at hand.
The second half of the book features interdisciplinary case studies, each of which focuses on a specific country or subregion and a particular issue. Each chapter gives a flavor for the cultural distinctiveness of the particular country yet also draws attention to global linkages. Readers will come away from this book with an understanding of the larger historical, political, and cultural frameworks that shaped Latin America as we know it today, and of current issues that have relevance in Latin America and beyond.
Table of Contents
Part One: Overview
1. Overview: Latin America and Its Subregions, Daniel J. Greenberg
2. Latin American Studies: A Multidisciplinary Field Comes of Age, Daniel J. Greenberg
Part Two: Fundamentals
3. History, Daniel J. Greenberg
4. Language, Antonia Garcia-Rodriguez
Part Three: The Global Context
5. Globalization in Latin America: Background, Daniel J. Greenberg
6. Globalization in Latin America: A Tale of Four Countries, Daniel J. Greenberg
Part Four: Case Studies
7. Introduction to the Case Studies, Daniel J. Greenberg and Antonia Garcia-Rodriguez
8. Change Agents: Women and the Mexican Revolution, Gregory Swedberg
9. The Dissident Cosmos: The Andean World Across Cultural Productions, Andrea Fernández
10. The New Latin American Cinema: The Movement and Its Aftermath, Dennis West
11. Magical Realism: The World Within and Beyond Latin America, Sarah Roger and Kim Sasser
12. La Malinche: A Look at Gender in the History of Mexico, Sandra Messinger Cypess
13. Globalization and Neoliberal Reform: A Case Study of Mexico and Argentina, Daniel J. Greenberg
14. The Socialist Alternative: Cuba and Venezuela, Daniel J. Greenberg
15. Hard-to-Pick Fruit: Transforming the Landscape of Poverty in Brazil, Patrice Franko
About the Editors and Contributors
Daniel J. Greenberg is a professor of Latin American History and director of Latin American Studies at Pace University, USA. He is a Fulbright and Albert Beveridge fellow, and winner of the Presidential Award for Teaching Diversity. He has published articles in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Canadian Studies, and The History Teacher, and contributed the Foreword and Scholarly Commentary to Antonio Tôta’s The Seduction of Brazil (Texas, 2009).
Antonia Garcia-Rodriguez is the chair of the Modern Languages & Cultures Department at Pace University in New York City, UAS. She has published many articles in her area of expertise: Latin American, Spanish Caribbean, and Latino literature. She recently published Jesus “Tato” Laviera: An Exploration of the Transnational Poet.