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Americas : New Interpretive Essays - Alfred Stepan


New Interpretive Essays

By: Alfred Stepan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th November 1992
ISBN: 9780195077957
Number Of Pages: 346

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A new interpretation of the forces shaping the Americas informs this book of original essays written by scholars from diverse disciplines of history, comparative literature, anthropology, sociology, demography, women's studies, economics, and political science. Part I, Contested States, explores issues of sovereignty, the development of Latin American states, economic restructuring and political democratization, and the evolution and future of revolutionary movements in the region. Part II, New Voices/New Visions, explores the innovative and creative forces emerging in the region, including feminist movements, religious innovations, and developments in literature and the arts. Part III, American Identities in Formation, analyzes some of the varied identities of people of the region, from indigenous peoples in Mayan communities to immigrants and refugees within the Americas and in the United States.

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"[A] valuable work of scholarship...most appropriate for social science courses of an advanced nature."--Teaching History "Good complement to the Americas film series and the Smith and Skidmore text."--John T. Deiner, University of Delaware "This series of essays, authored by leaders in their respective fields, brings a historical and multidisciplinary dimension to our understanding of Latin America. Each essay constitutes an authoritative statement in and of itself. Together they form a comprehensive overview of Latin America today. In an era of enhanced hemispheric understanding, they should be required reading for scholars, policy makers, and decision makers."--A.J.R. Russell-Wood, Johns Hopkins University "[An] innovative and stimulating volume!!"--Foreign Affairs

Introduction Alfred Stephan: Part I Contested States 1: Franklin W. Knight: The State of Sovereignty and the Sovereignty of States 2: Peter H. Smith: The State and Development in Historical Perspective 3: Albert Fishlow: The State of Economics in Brazil and Latin America: Is the Past Prologue to the Future? 4: Margaret E. and Peter H. Smith: The State of Revolution Part II New Voices/New Visions 5: Helen I. Safa and Cornelia Butler Flora: Production, Reproduction, and the Polity: Women's Strategic and Practical Gender Issues 6: Marysa Navarro-Aranguren: The Construction of a Latin American Feminist Identity 7: Margaret E. Crahan: Religion: Reconstituting Church and Pursuing Change 8: Jean Franco: Remapping Culture Part III American Identities in Formation 9: Kay Warren: Transforming Memories and Histories: The Meanings of Ethnic Resurgence for Mayan Indians 10: Anthony P. Maingot: Race, Color, and Class in the Caribbean 11: M. Patricia Fernandez Kelly and Alejandro Portes: Continent on the Move: Immigrants and Refugees in the Americas 12: Ruben G. Rumbaut: The Americans: Latin American and Caribbean Peoples in the United States Contributors Index

ISBN: 9780195077957
ISBN-10: 0195077954
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 19th November 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.65  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.57