Faces of Latin America / Edition 4

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $11.75
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 38%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $11.75   
  • New (4) from $18.99   
  • Used (6) from $11.75   

Overview

Faces of Latin America has sold more than 50,000 copies since it first appeared in 1991, and is widely considered to be the best available introduction in English to the economies, politics, demography, social structures, environment and cultures of Latin America. Duncan Green and Sue Branford take the reader beyond the conventional media’s fixation on the drug trade, corrupt politicians and military leaders, death squads, and guerrilla movements to celebrate the vibrant history and culture of Latin America’s people. Faces of Latin America examines some of the key forces—from conquest and the growth of the commodity trade, military rule, land distribution, industrialization, and migration to civil wars and revolutions, the debt crisis, neoliberalism, and NAFTA—shaping the region’s political and social history.

Green also analyzes the response to these transformations—the rise of freedom fighters and populists, guerrilla wars and grassroots social movements, union organizing and trade movements, liberation theology, and the women’s movement, sustainable development and the fight for the rainforest, popular culture and the mass media—providing a fascinating and unparalleled portrait of the continent.

This new edition is thoroughly updated and covers recent developments in Latin America such as the growing costs of export agriculture, the rise of Brazilian manufacturing, connections between the war on drugs and the war on terror, the social costs of neoliberalism, the Argentinian default, the search for new economic models in Venezuela and elsewhere, the decline in direct U.S. military intervention in the region, growing urbanization, urban poverty and casual employment, outmigration and the importance of family remittances from abroad, rampant environmental destruction, the struggles of indigenous movements, and more.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

MultiCultural Review
Simple, unpretentious narrative makes this volume an accessible and inviting source for nonspecialists. Its many photographs enhance the appeal of the book and provide the faces referred to in the title. Throughout the volume, framed insets open up the text to provide an occasional 'window' for a statistical table, a biographical sketch, or to give voice to a first-person narrative that humanizes the text.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583673249
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 553,964
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Duncan Green is Head of Research at Oxfam. He has worked as a teacher, journalist, and researcher throughout Latin America. He is the author of many books; his most recent one is From Poverty to Power. Duncan lives in Brixton, South London, with his wife, two children and two cats.

Sue Branford worked as a foreign correspondent in Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s. Among other publications, she has worked for the Financial Times and the Guardian. On returning to the United Kingdom, she became an editor and program maker on Latin America for the BBC World Service. She is currently an editor at Latin America Bureau.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Map of Latin America and the Caribbean 8

Introduction 9

1 The Curse of Wealth: Economics 11

History and Power 13

The Commodity Trade 21

Silent Revolution: Market Economics 38

2 Ballots and Bullets: The State, the Military, and Politics 65

The State and the Military 67

The Left in Latin America 88

3 Land, the City, and Environment 107

Promised Land: Landownership, Power, and Conflict 109

Mean Streets: Migration and Life in the City 126

A Land in Flames: The Environment 139

4 Identity and Rights 157

Race and Ethnicity 159

Gender and Politics 174

Social Movements and the Struggle for Change 195

5 Culture and Religion 207

Writing on the Wall: Culture, Identity, and Politics 209

Thy Kingdom Come: The Church 232

Conclusion 247

Chronologies 249

Further Reading 257

Index 260

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)