Faces of Latin America: Third Edition / Edition 3

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Overview

Faces of Latin America celebrates the vibrant culture of Latin America's people and looks at some of the key actors in the region's turbulent politics - the military, Indians, grassroots protest groups, guerrillas, the radical Church and the women's movement. The second edition of this best-selling introduction to Latin America has been extensively updated and enlarged, providing an unparalleled portrait of the continent at the end of the millennium. Duncan Green traces the roots of the region's underdevelopment and poverty, with a new chapter on the role of the state, as well as sections on life in the city and the countryside, and Latin America's recent conversion to the free-market economy.
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Praise for Previous Editions

“A sparkling and elegant primer. Far and away the best overall introduction to the subject.”
-History Workshop Journal

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“The best introductory book going on Latin America. An invaluable resource.”
-International Affairs

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“Simple, unpretentious narrative makes this volume an accessible and inviting source for nonspecialists. . . . The book achieves its intended purpose.”
-Multicultural Review

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583671511
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (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.
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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Glossary of Spanish and Portuguese words
Map and Latin America in Figures
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Curse of Wealth: The Commodity Trade 3
Ch. 2 Promised Land: Land Ownership, Power and Conflict 23
Ch. 3 A Land in Flames: The Environment 39
Ch. 4 Mean Streets: Migration and Life in the City 59
Ch. 5 Growing Pains: Industrialisation, the Debt Crisis and Neoliberalism 73
Ch. 6 Writing on the Wall: Culture, Identity and Politics 89
Ch. 7 No Fit State: The State and Politics 109
Ch. 8 Men at Arms: The Military 127
Ch. 9 The Left: Guerrillas, Social Movements and the Struggle for Change 145
Ch. 10 Women's Work: Gender and Politics 165
Ch. 11 Race Against Time: Indigenous Peoples 183
Ch. 12 Thy Kingdom Come: The Church 201
Conclusion 216
Further Reading 217
Index 220
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