Latin America In The World-Economy

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Latin America is in the midst of dramatic transformations. Stabilization and structural adjustment programs are dismantling state regulation of the economy. Democratic transitions are pointing toward the emergence of new institutional arrangements. Democratization and market-oriented economic restructuring pose major questions concerning new social configurations combining rising levels of poverty, low intensity citizenship, environmental degradation, and enduring legacies of elite privilege and authoritarianism. Analyzing these and related issues, this volume contributes to a world-system perspective suggesting that the region is experiencing a great transformation characterized by a deepening differentiation between state, enterprises, and households. Emergent patterns of competition and organizational change are discussed along with the social consequences of restructuring and the potential for political transformation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275954239
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERTO PATRICIO KORZENIEWICZ is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland.

WILLIAM C. SMITH is Professor of Political Science at the Graduate School of International Studies and Senior Research Associate of the North-South Center, both at the University of Miami.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Series Foreword
1 A Great Transformation 1
2 The Cocaine Commodity Chain and Development Paths in Peru and Bolivia 33
3 Uncertainty, Innovation, and Global Competitiveness: The Brazilian Footwear Industry 53
4 Small Firms, Social Capital, and Global Commodity Chains: Some Lessons from the Tex-Mex Border in the Era of Free Trade 77
5 Globalization, the State, and the Informal Economy: The Limits to Proletarianization in the Latin American Periphery 101
6 Transnational Realities and Anti-Immigrant State Policies: Issues Raised by the Experiences of Central American Immigrants and Refugees in the Trinational Region 117
7 Women, Households, and Transnational Migration Networks: The Garifuna and Global Economic Restructuring 133
8 Transnational Communities: Their Emergence and Significance in the Contemporary World-System 151
9 Revolutionary Terrorism in the Periphery: A Comparative Analysis of the Shining Path and the Khmer Rouge 169
10 Global Restructuring and the Environment in Latin America 187
11 Disorderly Democracy: Redefining Public Security in Latin America 211
12 Rebuilding State Capacity in Contemporary Latin America: The Politics of Taxation in Argentina and Mexico 229
13 Economic Dynamism and Institutional Rigidity in Chile: Risks and Opportunities at the Turn of the Twentieth Century 249
Index 267
About the Contributors 277
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