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The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas

ISBN 9781032092973
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
508 Pages

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Book Description

The colonial heritage and its renewed aftermaths – expressed in the inter-American experiences of slavery, indigeneity, dependence, and freedom movements, to mention only a few aspects – form a common ground of experience in the Western Hemisphere. The flow of peoples, goods, knowledge and finances have promoted interdependence and integration that cut across borders and link the countries of North and South America together. The nature of this transversally related and multiply interconnected region can only be captured through a transnational, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive approach.

The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas explores the history and society of the Americas, placing particular emphasis on collective and intertwined experiences. Forty-four chapters cover a range of concepts and dynamics in the Americas from the colonial period until the present century:

  • The shared histories and dynamics of Inter-American relationships are considered through pre-Hispanic empires, colonization, European hegemony, migration, multiculturalism, and political and economic interdependences.

  • Key concepts are selected and explored from different geopolitical, disciplinary, and epistemological perspectives.

  • Highlighting the contested character of key concepts that are usually defined in strict disciplinary terms, the Handbook provides the basis for a better and deeper understanding of inter-American entanglements.

This multidisciplinary approach will be of interest to a broad array of academic scholars and students in history, sociology, political science cultural, postcolonial, gender, literary, and globalization studies.

Table of Contents

General Introduction

Part I

History and Society in the Americas from the 16th to 19th Century

Introduction: History and Society in the Americas from the 16th to 19th Century. The Bigger Picture

Josef Raab, Stefan Rinke and Alice Nash

    1. America
    2. Stefan Rinke

    3. Atlantic
    4. Ernesto Mercado Montero

    5. Colonial Economies
    6. Juan Marchena Fernández

    7. Colonial Rule
    8. Eduardo Cavieres

    9. Columbian Exchange
    10. Charles C. Mann

    11. Conquest and Colonization
    12. Christoph Strobel

    13. Enlightenment
    14. Thomas O. Beebee

    15. Gender
    16. María Amelia Viteri and Cristina Yépez Arroyo

    17. Independence Movements
    18. Roberto Breña

    19. Indigenous Peoples
    20. Alice Nash

    21. Inter-ethnic Relations
    22. Izaskun Álvarez Cuartero

    23. Language
    24. Lilia Rebeca Rodríguez Torres and María del Carmen de la Peza

    25. Memorial Culture
    26. Scott Manning Stevens

    27. Migration
    28. Silke Hensel

    29. Nation and State Building
    30. Stefan Rinke and Mirko Petersen

    31. Religion and Missionizing
    32. Claude Gélinas

    33. Slavery
    34. Christine Hatzky

    35. Unfree Labor
    36. Christine Hatzky

      Part II History and Society in the Americas in the 20th and 21st Century

      Introduction: History and Society in the Americas in the 20th and 21st Century. Inter-American Thresholds and Critical Key Concepts

      Olaf Kaltmeier, Michael Stewart Foley, and Mario Rufer

    37. Alter-Globalization
    38. Guiomar Rovira

    39. Biopolitics
    40. Rodrigo Parrini and Nattie Goluvob

    41. Consumerism
    42. Gustavo Blázquez

    43. Education
    44. Stefan Peters and Adriana Serrudo

    45. Ethnicity
    46. Christian Büschges

    47. Family
    48. Cornelia Giebeler

    49. Freedom
    50. Donovan Hernández

    51. Gender Identities
    52. Karina Bidaseca and Julia Roth

    53. Health
    54. Núria Homedes and Antonio Ugalde

    55. Hybridity, Mestizaje, Creolité
    56. Afef Benessaieh

    57. Indigeneity
    58. Olaf Kaltmeier

    59. Intersectionality
    60. Julia Roth

    61. Latinidad
    62. Luz Angélica Kirschner

    63. Memory Politics
    64. Ludmila Catela Da Silva and Michael Stewart Foley

    65. Modernization
    66. Frederik Schulze

    67. Multiculturalism
    68. Eduardo Restrepo

    69. Popular
    70. Pablo Alabarces

    71. Postcolonialism and Decoloniality
    72. Mario Rufer

    73. Race
    74. Peter Wade

    75. Religious Beliefs
    76. Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer

    77. Social Movements
    78. León Enrique Ávila Romero

    79. Socialism
    80. Marc Becker

    81. Subcultures
    82. Michael Stewart Foley and María del Carmen de la Peza

    83. Transnational Migration
    84. Gilberto Rescher

    85. Urbanization
    86. Lawrence A. Herzog

    87. Whiteness

María Teresa Garzón Martínez

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Olaf Kaltmeier is Professor for Ibero-American History and Director of the Center for Inter-American Studies (CIAS) at Bielefeld University, Germany.

Josef Raab is Professor of North American Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Michael Stewart Foley is Professor of American Civilization at the Université Grenoble Alpes.

Alice Nash is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, USA.

Stefan Rinke is Professor of History at the Latin American Institute and the Friedrich Meinecke-Institute of Freie Universität Berlin.

Mario Rufer is Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Xochimilco, Mexico.