This vast three-volume Encyclopedia offers more than 4000 entries on all aspects of the dynamic and exciting contemporary cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its coverage is unparalleled with more than 40 regions discussed and a time-span of 1920 to the present day. "Culture" is broadly defined to include food, sport, religion, television, transport, alongside architecture, dance, film, literature, music and sculpture. The international team of contributors include many who are based in Latin America and...
This vast three-volume Encyclopedia offers more than 4000 entries on all aspects of the dynamic and exciting contemporary cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its coverage is unparalleled with more than 40 regions discussed and a time-span of 1920 to the present day. "Culture" is broadly defined to include food, sport, religion, television, transport, alongside architecture, dance, film, literature, music and sculpture. The international team of contributors include many who are based in Latin America and the Caribbean making this the most essential, authoritative and authentic Encyclopedia for anyone studying Latin American and Caribbean studies.
Key features include:
* over 4000 entries ranging from extensive overview entries which provide context for general issues to shorter, factual or biographical pieces
* articles followed by bibliographic references which offer a starting point for further research
* extensive cross-referencing and thematic and regional contents lists direct users to relevant articles and help map a route through the entries
* a comprehensive index provides further guidance.
Diverging from other Routledge encyclopedias of contemporary culture, which have focused on specific countries, this one crams all of Latin America and the Caribbean into three volumes. Like the others, it attempts to include all aspects of culture, spanning politics, the arts, social developments, and institutions, among other topics. Articles range from brief definitions to longer entries, such as "Architecture," "Indigenous Movements," and "Sport in Latin America." In addition, overview articles on the decades beginning with the 1920s and on the individual countries seek to lend cohesion to the formidable diversity of material, as does the thematic listing of the alphabetical entries at the beginning of the book. Considering its incredibly wide scope, this resource could have benefited from more extensive, consistent, and relevant bibliographies. As much of the same information can be found in the more historically inclusive Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (LJ 7/96) or in more specialized reference works (e.g., Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature, LJ 6/1/97, and Latin American Writers, 1989), the greatest advantage of this encyclopedia will be in offering limited information on lesser-known contemporary individuals not covered by these other sources. A useful but not essential resource; recommended for larger academic libraries or those with significant emphasis on modern Latin American studies. Anna Youssefi, Rice Univ., Houston, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A helpful list of 62 themes with their included entries precedes the entries themselves, which are arranged alphabetically. Among the themes: the arts; 20th-century decades; cultural institutions; education; the economy; food and drink; fashion and design; language and national identity; media, politics and history; religion, sport and leisure; and, a particularly large category, writers. Aiming to trace connections linking events and structures, as well as their evolution through time, the narrative sections, like those on decades and on individual countries, help readers weave a web to better catch the more specific entries. The encyclopedia covers high and popular cultures and their interactions, with variety and hybridity indicated on nearly every page. On one page, for example, one learns "Churubusco Studios" was founded in 1944 in the heyday of Mexican cinema, that "chutney" is a kind of up-tempo music with irreverent lyrics popular among East Indians in Trinidad and Guyana, and that the "CIA" was active in Guatemala in defense of the United Fruit Company and Bay of Pigs invasion. Entries over 400 words carry "Further Reading" sections, and the index is extensive. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Countries included in the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures:
Antigua * Argentina * Aruba * Bahamas * Barbados * Belize * Bermuda * Bolivia * Brazil * Chile * Colombia * Costa Rica * Cuba * Dominican Republic * Ecuador * El Salvador * French Antilles * French Guyana * Haiti * Honduras * Jamaica * Malvinas * Martinique * Mexico * Montserrat * Netherlands Antilles * Nicaragua * Panama * Paraguay * Peru * Puerto Rico * St Kitts * St Lucia * Suriname * Trinidad and Tobago * Uruguay * Venezuela * Virgin Islands