The Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean / Edition 1

The Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean / Edition 1

by Harry Sanabria
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205380999

ISBN-13: 9780205380992

Pub. Date: 11/21/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The first single-authored comprehensive introduction to major contemporary research trends, issues, and debates on the anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean. The text provides wide and historically informed coverage of key facets of Latin American and Caribbean societies and their cultural and historical development as well as the roles of power and

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The first single-authored comprehensive introduction to major contemporary research trends, issues, and debates on the anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean. The text provides wide and historically informed coverage of key facets of Latin American and Caribbean societies and their cultural and historical development as well as the roles of power and inequality.

Cymeme Howe, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cornell University writes, “The text moves well and builds over time, paying close attention to balancing both the Caribbean and Latin America as geographic regions, Spanish and non-Spanish speaking countries, and historical and contemporary issues in the field. I found the geographic breadth to be especially impressive.”

Jeffrey W. Mantz of California State University, Stanislaus, notes that the contents “reflect the insights of an anthropologist who knows Latin America intimately and extensively.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205380992
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/21/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
195,270
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. ANTHROPOLOGY, LATIN AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
Why Study the Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean?
Doing Cultural Anthropology and Documenting Everyday Life
Controversies: The Culture of Poverty and Perspectives on the Poor
2. INTRODUCING LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Delimiting and Imagining Latin America: Ideas, Spaces, and Places
Countries and Population
Migration and Cities
Languages
Landscapes, Culture and Society
Major Landscapes
Landscape Transformations Before and After the Europeans
Controversies: Is the Culture Area Concept Still Useful?
3. SOCIETY AND CULTURE BEFORE THE EUROPEANS
Anthropological Perspectives on the Evolution of Social Complexity
Phases in the Emergence of Societal Complexity in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Incan and Aztec States
Controversies: The Peopling of the Americas
4. CONQUEST, COLONIALISM, AND RESISTANCE
The European Conquests
The Colonial Period
Ethnogenesis
Colonial Legacies, Independence, and the Coalescence of Nation-States
Controversies: The Quincentennial, or Remembering Columbus
5. CULTURAL POLITICS OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
Racial Categories and Racial Fluidity in Latin America
Colonialism, Empire, and the Invention of Race
Mestizos and Mestizaje: Class, Race, and Nation
The Rise of Ethnicity and Ethnic Movements
Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Gender
Controversies: Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Peoples
In the United States: Race and Respect in the Streets of New York City
6. CULTURAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Pre-European Gender Systems
The Conquest and Colonial Period
Gender and the Consolidation of Nation-States
Femininity and Masculinity: Rethinking Marianismo and Machismo
Shifting Contours of Masculinity, Femininity, and Sexual Identities
Controversies: Gender, Masculinity, and Violence in Amazonian Societies
In the United States: Courtship, Sexuality, and Love Across the Border
7. RELIGION AND EVERYDAY LIFE
Popular Catholicism
The Spread of Protestantism
The African Heritage: Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou
Controversies: Mesoamerican Civil -Religious Cargo Systems
In The United States: Re-Creating Vodou in Brooklyn
8. STRIVING FOR HEALTH AND COPING WITH ILLNESS
Medical Anthropology
The Poor Health of Latin America and the Caribbean
Folk Illnesses: Susto, Mal de Ojo, and Nervios
The Expressive and Healthy Body
Religion and Healing
Controversies: Marijuana and Coca, Health and Politics
In The United States: Susto and Mal de Ojo Among Florida Farmworkers
9. FOOD, CUISINE, AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION
Food and Culture
Historical and Cultural Sketch of Latin American Food
Food, Consumption, and Ritual
Communicating Gender and Sexuality Through Food
Cuisine, Cookbooks, and Nation-Building
Controversies: “Hot” and “Cold” Foods
In the United States: Tamales, Gender, and Survival
10. PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBALIZATION
Globalization
Tourism, Crafts, and Cultural Authenticity
Transnational Production and Labor
Global Interests and the Environment
Controversies: Global Interests and Ethnographic Representations in the Amazon
In The United States: Domestic Workers in the Midst of Affluence
11. MANIFESTATIONS OF POPULAR CULTURE
What is Popular Culture?
Sports?
Carnaval and Popular Celebrations
Music and Dance
Television and Telenovelas
Controversies: Tango and Sexuality
In The United States: Quinceañeras, Gender, and Tradition
12. VIOLENCE, MEMORY, AND STRIVING FOR A JUST WORLD
Violence and Memory
The Central American Civil Wars
Chile’s Pinochet
Argentina’s Dirty War
Colombia’s Violencia
Mexico’s Zapatista
Peru’s Shining Path
Controversies: Rigoberta Menchú, and the Politics of Memory and Culture
In The United States: Fleeing War and Reconstituting New Lives

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