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Contemporary Argentina: A Geographical Perspective

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Since 1989, Argentina has experienced perhaps its most significant period of change since federation in 1880. Under the leadership of Carlos Menem and the Justicialista political party, contemporary Argentina is emerging from the chaos of long-term instability to reassert itself as a viable player in both regional and global systems.In this perceptive book, David Keeling analyzes Argentina’s emergence within the modern world economy against the backdrop of the country’s regional development processes. Combining ...
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Overview


Since 1989, Argentina has experienced perhaps its most significant period of change since federation in 1880. Under the leadership of Carlos Menem and the Justicialista political party, contemporary Argentina is emerging from the chaos of long-term instability to reassert itself as a viable player in both regional and global systems.In this perceptive book, David Keeling analyzes Argentina’s emergence within the modern world economy against the backdrop of the country’s regional development processes. Combining systematic and area-based approaches, he discusses international and national trends that have shaped the social and economic geography of Argentina in profound and fundamental ways.Drawing on new material from recent demographic and economic censuses and on the Menem government’s privatization and deregulation policies, Keeling asks whether participation in the new world economy has forced workers, communities, and cities in Argentina to downgrade environmental, labor, and social conditions. He also traces national economic and societal trends by region, showing how these trends will continue to affect regions and localities to the end of the decade and into the twenty-first century. Keeling concludes by assessing how changes in Argentina—a semi-peripheral country and emerging regional power—could affect the restructuring of its role in the new regional and world economies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813335551
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author


David J. Keeling is assistant professor of geography at Western Kentucky University.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Key Geographical Trends 3
Uneven Regional Development 4
A Theoretical Framework 8
Restructuring Argentina's Pillars of Development 13
Argentina's Spatial Dichotomies 16
2 The Development of Regional and International Relationships 27
On the Margins of Empire (1536-1852) 30
Integration into the World Economy (1852-1930) 34
Disengagement from the World Economy (1930-1990) 42
Globalization and the New Argentina 50
3 Society and Place 57
Key Demographic Trends 57
Social Indicators of Uneven Development 74
4 Capital, Labor, and Production 101
Recapitalizing Argentina 103
Restructuring the Labor Market 113
Restructuring Patterns of Production and Trade 124
5 Transport and Communication 147
Global Links to Global Cities 148
Hemispheric Connectivity 157
National Transport Networks 168
Future Transport and Communication Strategies 181
6 The Megacity 197
Megacephalous Urban Growth 198
Contemporary Buenos Aires 208
7 Prosperous Agroindustrial Provinces 231
The Pampeana Region 232
Future Problems and Prospects 242
8 The Challenge of Transition Areas 251
Agroindustrial Oases of the Cuyo 252
Future Development 257
Patagonia: An Underdeveloped Frontier? 263
Future Development Prospects 284
9 The Problem of Submerging Rural Areas 289
The Northeast 290
The Northwest 301
10 Future Argentina 323
Argentina's Five Fundamental Myths 325
Future Directions and Policy Issues 327
Bibliography 331
About the Book and Author 343
Index 345
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