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Globalization and Uncertainty in Latin America gathers new scholarship on globalization and Latin America in an entertaining and well-researched volume. This balanced and innovative collection examines how rising levels of uncertainty affect daily life, as well as society, government, and culture. Well-known authors use different methodologies to approach the common theme of a region transformed in recent years by neoliberalism. Most of the contributors suggest that Latin America is experiencing rapid and unexpected change, and that its future looks much different than ever predicted. In total, the book suggests that high levels of uncertainty in the region have resulted in counterintuitive and, at times, innovative political outcomes.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this timely collection, López-Alves and Johnson bring together a seasoned team of sociologists, political scientists, historians, and linguists to explore the multiple impacts and consequences of uncertainty as one of the most noticeable aspects of globalization in Latin America today. The varied chapters show that uncertainty has not been eliminated as globalization has proceeded, but rather extends well beyond concerns about the future of the economy and is now shaping culture, society, and politics in the region. Simply put, it one of the most important variables in understanding Latin America's tumultuous integration into the new globalized order. The authors have done the scholarly and policy communities a great service by bringing to our attention the central role that uncertainly plays in the region."
--William I. Robinson, Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

"This edited volume is a state-of-the-art contribution to some of the most intriguing queries about Latin America's unprecedented levels of uncertainty. In a scholarly-documented way, it exposes the effects of neoliberal policies, which in several countries have concentrated income and eroded the rule of law. Globalization's promise of stability and growth has gone largely unfulfilled. Here are some of the reasons why."
--Carlos Escudé, Director, Centro de Estudios Internacionales y de Educacion

para la Globalización (CEIEG), Universidad del CEMA, Buenos Aires

"The authors make a significant contribution to globalization scholarship by shifting emphasis to Latin America; this will lead to a rethinking of the field."
--Zita Nunes, Assistant Professor of English, University of Maryland
"This is a very good, timely book that will add to the theory of globalization and the literature on the effects of globalization... Highly recommended." —CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403978936
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Fernando López-Alves is Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published two books on state formation in Latin America: a monograph, Between the Economy and the Polity in the River Plate (1993), and State Formation and Democracy in Latin America (2000). He is co-author (with Miguel A. Centeno) of The Other Mirror: Grand Theory and Latin America (2001). His Societies without Future (2002) is now in its third edition. López-Alves is also editor of Seven Scenarios for the 21st Century (2004). His articles on globalization, Latin America and comparative politics have appeared in Past & Present, Latin American Research Review, other journals and edited collections. He is presently working on another book manuscript, entitled Futures, States, and Nations.
Diane E. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lebanon Valley College (PA). She has published book chapters on the relationship between interest groups and political parties in Argentina, and the democratic impact of the Internet in the U.S. She has also presented numerous papers on the effects of globalization on media-state relations in Latin America, the impact of neoliberal economic reforms on democracy in Argentina, and issues related to the freedom of the press in the Southern Cone. She is currently doing research on the reemergence of the left in recent South American elections, and the relationship between neopopulist leaders and the mass media.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Globalization and Uncertainty in Latin America--Fernando López-Alves and Diane E. Johnson
PART I: THE UNCERTAINTIES OF LIBERALISM AND NEOLIBERALISM * Victorian Globalization in Microcosm: The Rise and Fall of Jabez Spencer Balfour--David Rock
• Uncertainty, the Construction of the Future, and the Divorce between Citizens and the State--Fernando López-Alves
• Isomorphic Neoliberalism and the Creation of Inevitability--Miguel Ángel Centeno
• Can the Backlash against Globalization Be Contained?--Benjamin J. Cohen
PART II: UNCERTAIN RELATIONS BETWEEN THE STATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY * Globalization and Public Policy in the Americas: Are We Heading toward Convergence?--Diane E. Johnson
• Development Assistance, the Environment, and Stakeholder Participation: Toward a New Conditionality?--Jonathan Rosenberg
PART III: UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS * Globalization and the Modern Conception of Human Rights--Steven Cassedy
• Generating Uncertainty: Globalized Punishment and Crime--Thomas Siemsen
• Conclusions--Diane E. Johnson & Fernando López-Alves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

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    This is a very very updated and interesting book about the effects of Globalization on Latin America. It really changed my mind about the subject, and it helped me to understand not only Latin America but the rest of the world better.

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