Latin America

Its Problems and Its Promise: A Multidisciplinary Introduction


Edited by Jan Knippers Black

Fifth Edition • August 1, 2010 • 624 pages


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Now in a fifth edition, Latin America has been updated to reflect the region’s growing optimism as economies stabilize, trade diversifies, and political systems become more participatory. This multidisciplinary survey of Latin American history, politics, and society features invited contributions from authorities in a variety of fields. New sections address current events including deforestation in Costa Rica and Brazil, emerging social movements, Ecuador’s new constitution, and Obama’s stated objectives to repair U.S. relations with the region. In addition, key topics—such as women and Latin American politics, socialist governments and anti-American sentiment, Argentina’s deteriorating economy, and Colombia’s struggle with military and narcotics issues—receive expanded and revitalized treatment. Other updated material covers outcomes of recent elections in Bolivia, Brazil, and Nicaragua, among others. Through a hybrid thematic and regional organization, this text provides an essential foundation for introductory courses on Latin America.

Jan Knippers Black is professor of international policy studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, a Graduate School of Middlebury College. She has authored or edited numerous books, including Development in Theory and Practice: Paradigms and Paradoxes, Second Edition (Westview Press).

1. Introduction: Latin America Leading the Learning Curve | Jan Knippers Black

PART ONE: THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE
2. Landscape and Settlement Patterns | Alfonso Gonzalez
3. Indigenous Populations of Latin America | Karl H. Schwerin
4. Harmonizing and Disharmonizing Human and Natural Environments | David Stea and G. Shane Lewis

PART TWO: HISTORICAL SETTING
5. Colonial Latin America | Peter Bakewell
6. Latin America since Independence: An Overview | Michael Conniff

PART THREE: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL STRUCTURES
7. Latin American Economies Restructure, Again | William P. Glade
8. Social Structure and Change in Latin America | Henry Veltmeyer and James Petras
9. Strategies and Trends in Latin American Activism | Wendy Muse Sinek

PART FOUR: POLITICAL PROCESSES AND TRENDS
10. Participation and Political Process: The Collapsible Pyramid | Jan Knippers Black
11. Women and Latin American Politics: Participation, Citizenship, and Democracy | Jane S. Jaquette
12. Globalization, Insecurity, and Crisis in the Americas | Jorge Nef

PART FIVE: EXTERNAL RELATIONS
13. International Relations in Latin America: Conflict and Cooperation | James Lee Ray
14. The United States and Latin America: Into a New Era | Wayne S. Smith

PART SIX: MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA
15. Mexico: A Revolution Laid to Rest? | Fred R. Harris and Martin C. Needler
16. Central America: From Revolution to “Low-Intensity Democracies” | Thomas W. Walker and Christine J. Wade
17. Panama and the Canal | Steve C. Ropp

PART SEVEN: CUBA AND THE CARIBBEAN
18. The Cuban Revolution | Nelson P. Valdés
19. The Caribbean: The Structure of Modern-Conservative Societies | Anthony P. Maingot

PART EIGHT: THE ANDES
20. Colombia’s Split-Level Realities | Jan Knippers Black with William H. Godnick
21. Venezuela: A “Model” Democracy in Crisis | Steve Ellner
22. Ecuador: Political Turmoil, Social Mobilization, and a Turn to the Left | Pablo Andrade A. and Liisa L. North
23. Peru: Precarious Democracy amid Dependent Development in a Divided Nation | Cynthia McClintock
24. Bolivia: An Indigenous Movement Consolidates Power | José Z.Garcia

PART NINE: BRAZIL AND THE SOUTHERN CONE
25. Brazil: From Military Regime to Workers’ Party Government | David Fleischer
26. Chile: The Development, Breakdown, and Recovery of Democracy | J. Samuel Valenzuela
27. Argentina: Decline and Revival | Peter Calvert
28. Uruguay and Paraguay: An Arduous Transition | Diego Abente Brun and Michael Danielson
29. Conclusion: A New Kind of Togetherness | Jan Knippers Black

Praise for Previous Editions

“Jan Knippers Black’s revised fourth edition updates this reader to include modern issues ranging from the traumatic impact of drugs to debt, threats to distinctive ecological zones, new populist political parties and social movements and their attendant social and economic crisis, and more. This book continues to be a popular reader for classroom use.”

—Colonial Latin American Historical Review

Prof. Jan Knippers Black’s updated textbook is the ideal resource for any interdisciplinary survey of Latin America. It’s new chapters are especially welcome in the sense that the more current trends in interdisciplinary research on Latin America are brought to the reader’s attention clearly and forcefully. The regional comprehensiveness of the book is preserved in the current edition, and its thoughtful division between content areas and country case studies successfully addresses competing visions of how the region should be studied, and its organizational structure provides excellent material for debating and critiquing the pedagogies of Latin American Studies.

—James D. Huck, Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies

This provocative textbook offers comprehensive articles on Latin America by some leading experts in the field. They cover all the major issues and countries, including historical background as well as recent events.

—Paul Drake, Dean of Social Sciences, University of California, San Diego

Will provide undergraduates with a broad understanding of the evolution of the issues and theoretical frameworks that have been at the center of this field of study.

—Journal of Third World Studies

This is a superb collection of essays on the Latin American reality in the age of globalization. Eminently accessible, timely, and informative, this is an ideal primer for the classroom or simply for those seeking a well-rounded overview of Latin American affairs.

—William I. Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara.

For the fourth edition of Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise, Jan Knippers Black has assembled an impressive line-up of academic and policy experts from a variety of disciplines. The result is a stellar array of articles that make this far and away the best interdisciplinary introduction to Latin America on the market. The chapters are concise and compelling, perfect for undergraduates; the up-to-date analysis of current events and trends will satisfy and inform even the most demanding instructors.

—Robert Buffington, Bowling Green State University

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