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Latin American Popular Culture: An Introduction is a collection of articles that explores a wide range of compelling cultural subjects in the region, including carnival, romance, funerals, medicine, monuments and dance, among others. The introduction lays out the most important theoretical approaches to the culture of Latin America, and the chapters serve as illustrative case studies. Featuring the latest scholarship in cultural history most of the chapters have not previously been published Latin American Popular Culture is an important resource for courses in Latin American history, civilization, popular culture, and anthropology.

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William E. French
An excellent means of introducing students at all levels to the central importance of dance, music, food, spectacle, and monument to the history of Latin America over the last two hundred years.
Library Journal
Exploring the cultural focus of an entire continent is a daunting task, but for the 13 academics here--mission accomplished. The essays, only two of which are reprints, share the Latin American theme yet represent unique contributions to scholarship by employing cultural events or activities to relate a nation's history and social awareness. Essays by Pamela Voekel and Matthew D. Esposito take a cemetery and a funeral as their settings, while two other articles report on national exhibits at world expositions to demonstrate the efforts of Argentina and Ecuador to present themselves as civilized nations. John Chasteen, Darien Davis, and Graham Holton turn to music and dance as forms of popular culture. In one of the reprinted essays, Nancy Stepan reviews a volume of photographs depicting medicine and health in Brazil. Collectively, the essays overcome the stigma often attached to the study of popular culture as a legitimate academic discipline that provides insight into intellectual and cultural character and the distinguishing "images, practices, and institutions" that create national identities. Recommended for academic libraries.--Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., AL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Essays collected here examine different expressions of popular cultures<-->how such cultures and expressions emerged, who used them, and what changed them. The study does not investigate the cultural mucilage of inherited wisdom, but instead focuses on people's preconceptions and passions, watching, as the editors put it, the waves, not the water. Threads running through these 13 essays by contributors that include Stephen Jay Gould and Thomas L. Benjamin are the invention of traditions, the creation of national identity, formation of gender roles, the prevalence of ethnicity, and the interplay between textual deconstruction and performance analysis, all done through writings around particular events an acts such as cooking, dance, carnivals, funerals, medicine, etc. Each essay is preceded by an abstract. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842027106
  • Publisher: Sr Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Piety and Public Space: The Cemetery Campaign in Veracruz, 1789-1810 Chapter 2 Church, Humboldt, and Darwin: The Tension and Harmony of Art and Science Chapter 3 Black Kings, Blackfaced Carnival, and Nineteenth-Century Origins of the Tango Chapter 4 Peddling the Pampas: Argentina at the Paris Universal Exposition of 188 Chapter 5 Death and Disorder in Mexico City: The State Funeral of Manuel Romero Rubio Chapter 6 Images of the Indians in the Construction of Ecuadorian Identity at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century Chapter 7 Many Chefs in the National Kitchen: Cookbooks and Identity in Nineteenth- Century Mexico Chapter 8 Portraits of a Possible Nation: Photographing Medicine in Brazil Chapter 9 The New Order: Diversions and Modernization in Turn-of-the-Century Lima Chapter 10 From the Ruins of the Ancien RĂˆgime: Mexico s Monument to the Revolution Chapter 11 Racial Parity and National Humor, Exploring Brazilian Samba from Noel Rosa to Carmen Miranda, 1930-1939 Chapter 12 Oil, Race, and Calypso in Trinidad and Tobago, 1909 to 1990 Chapter 13 The Dictator s Seduction: Gender and State Spectacle during the Trujillo Regime

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