Latin America / Edition 1

Latin America / Edition 1

by Laurence Whitehead
     
 

This innovative contribution to comparative area studies evaluates Latin America's distinctiveness, and shows how "large regions" can be compared. The overwhelming impact of Europe followed by precocious independence produced an exceptional outward orientation, which has prompted successive waves of reform "from above and without," often resisted and superseded

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This innovative contribution to comparative area studies evaluates Latin America's distinctiveness, and shows how "large regions" can be compared. The overwhelming impact of Europe followed by precocious independence produced an exceptional outward orientation, which has prompted successive waves of reform "from above and without," often resisted and superseded rather than fully assimilated. This book explores the resulting patterns that can be observed in multiple domains, through the optic of a "mausoleum of modernity." By applying this perspective to state organization, the politics of expertise, privatization, poverty and inequality, and citizenship insecurity, it generates an overall new interpretation of Latin America's regional distinctiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403971319
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Studies of the Americas Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Acronyms xi

Introduction: Latin America in Comparative Perspective 1

I Introduction 1

II Latin America Compared to Other Large World Regions 3

III Latin America and Europe 8

IV Configurative Characteristics 10

V Themes and Organization 18

Chapter 1 Latin America as a "Mausoleum of Modernities" 23

I Introduction 23

II Latin America's Distinctive Relation to "Modernity" 27

III Successive Waves of "Modernity" in Latin America 35

IV The Littered Landscape 44

V How Durable A Break with the Past? 53

VI Conclusion: Reflections on Multiple Modernities 66

Chapter 2 Latin American State Organization 71

I Introduction 71

II Territorial Control 85

III Administration 93

IV "Cognitive" Capacity 98

V Command Over Resources 105

VI Postscript on Citizenship 116

VII Conclusion 117

Chapter 3 The Politics of Expertise 121

I Introduction 121

II Antecedents 125

III Actualities 128

IV Conclusion 137

Chapter 4 Economics in Mexico: The Power of Ideas and Ideas of Power 141

I Introduction 141

II Origins of the Profession 142

III The Rise of the Economic Technocrats 144

IV Comparisons 148

V The Profession 150

VI The "NeoLiberal" Ascendancy 154

VII External Derivations 157

VIII The Authoritarian Style 160

IX Performance 162

X Conclusion: The Prospects 164

Chapter 5 Privatization and the Public Interest: Partial Theories, Lopsided Outcomes 169

I Introduction 169

II "Privatization" and "The Public Interest" 172

III Alternative Styles of Privatization: Timing and Sequencing 180

IV The Contemporary Scene: Momentum and Resistance 186

V Lopsided Theories 189

VIConclusion: Partial Outcomes 198

Chapter 6 Democracy, Inequality, and Insecurity: Three Sources of Contestation 203

I Introduction 203

II Inequality and Social Injustice 205

III Democracy and Insecurity 217

IV Conclusions 226

Conclusion: On Characterizing Latin America 233

Notes 251

Bibliography 285

Index 301

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