Contemporary Latin America

Overview

From economic meltdown in Argentina and the impact of radical Presidents Chavez in Venezuela and Morales in Bolivia, to natural disasters, literary prizes and the music of Buena Vista, Latin America is rarely out of the news. The accessible, lively and readable book looks behind the headlines to provide a broad-ranging introduction to Latin America in the early twenty-first century. Written by a leading authority, himself a Latin American, and drawing on extensive research, its central focus is on economy, ...
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Overview

From economic meltdown in Argentina and the impact of radical Presidents Chavez in Venezuela and Morales in Bolivia, to natural disasters, literary prizes and the music of Buena Vista, Latin America is rarely out of the news. The accessible, lively and readable book looks behind the headlines to provide a broad-ranging introduction to Latin America in the early twenty-first century. Written by a leading authority, himself a Latin American, and drawing on extensive research, its central focus is on economy, culture, politics, social structures and movements, set in a historical, global and geographical context. A substantial guide to recommended reading is provided for those readers who might be inspired to delve further in studying the region and a concluding chapter assesses Latin America's uncertain prospects in a changing world. This second edition has been completely revised and updated, and features a new chapter exploring the dramatically changing patterns of politics in the region.

About the Author:
Ronaldo Munck is Theme Leader for Internationalisation, Interculturalism and Social Development in the President's Office, Dublin City University, and Visiting Professor of Political Sociology, University of Liverpool

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403940575
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Meet the Author

RONALDO MUNCK is Theme Leader: Internationalisation, Interculturalism and Social Development in the President's Office, Dublin City University, and Visiting Professor of Political Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, Boxes and Maps
Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Map of Latin America
1 Introduction: Setting and Issues 1
2 Historical Context 23
3 Political Economy 43
4 Governance 62
5 Social Patterns 82
6 Social Movements 101
7 Culture 121
8 International Context 138
9 Conclusion: Futures Imperfect 157
Recommended Reading 175
Bibliography 180
Index 189
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