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Utopias in Latin America : Past and Present - Juan Pro

Utopias in Latin America

Past and Present

By: Juan Pro

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2018
ISBN: 9781845199227
Number Of Pages: 400

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In an age in which fears about the future predominate (in the form of dystopias, ecological catastrophes, and terrifying Sci-Fi scenarios), utopia is reappearing as the bearer of hope for the fate of humanity. Latin America has historically been a fertile ground where utopian projects, movements, and experiments could take root and thrive, and this constitutes one of the region's major contributions to world history. Each of the thirteen authors who participate to this collective volume address a particular case or specific aspect of Latin American utopianism from colonial times to the present day. The relationship between utopia and America-Latin America in particular-has been a constant throughout the ages and helps to clarify both the concept of Utopia and of Latin America. The one cannot be understood without the other, from the book of Thomas More in 1516 to the present. Myths and legends of utopian content already proliferated at the time of the voyages of exploration, spurring on the conquistadors, while the knowledge gap about lands awaiting discovery was filled with stories about utopias. The America that the Spanish and Portuguese discovered became, from the sixteenth century onwards, a space in which it was possible to imagine the widest variety of forms of human coexistence. Utopias in Latin America reconsiders the sense and understanding of utopias in various historical frames: the discovery of indigenous cultures and their natural environments; the foundation of new towns and cities in a vast colonial territory considered as empty space in which it was possible to start afresh; the experimental communities of nineteenth-century utopian socialists and European exiled intellectuals; and the innovative formulae that attempts to get beyond twentieth-century capitalism. (Series: Sussex Latin American Studies) [Subject: Comparative Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Sociology]

ISBN: 9781845199227
ISBN-10: 1845199227
Series: Sussex Library of Studies: New Historical and Comparatice Perspectives on Latin America Society, Politics, and Culture
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st June 2018
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.7

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