Looking South: The Evolution of Latin Americanist Scholarship in the United States, 1850-1975

Looking South: The Evolution of Latin Americanist Scholarship in the United States, 1850-1975

by Helen Delpar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817354646

ISBN-13: 9780817354640

Pub. Date: 12/24/2007

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Looking South is the first book to trace the evolution of Latin Americanist scholarship in the United States. By visiting seminal works and the cultures from which they emerged, following the effects of changes in scholarly norms and political developments on the training of students, and evaluating generations of scholarship in texts, monographs, and journal articles…  See more details below

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Looking South is the first book to trace the evolution of Latin Americanist scholarship in the United States. By visiting seminal works and the cultures from which they emerged, following the effects of changes in scholarly norms and political developments on the training of students, and evaluating generations of scholarship in texts, monographs, and journal articles, Delpar illuminates the growth of scholarly inquiry into Latin American history, anthropology, geography, political science, economics, sociology, and other social science disciplines.

The first part of the book describes the developments from 1850 to 1935, emphasizing the contributions of historians and anthropologists. Delpar then presents an account of trends in Latin American studies from 1935 to 1975. Although Latin American studies expanded during the "Good Neighbor" era and World War II, interest in the region diminished in the 1950s as other regions seemed more relevant in the Cold War. By 1960 several factors, most notably the Cuban Revolution, contributed to a revival of interest in Latin America, and the U.S. government and private groups devoted millions to research and teaching about the region.

About the Author:
Helen Delpar is Professor of History at The University of Alabama

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817354640
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
12/24/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Beginnings     1
Laying the Foundations     25
Early Historians     33
The Rise of Anthropology     52
Geography and the Other Social Sciences     73
Latin Americanists and the World of Policy Making     90
Maturity and Institutionalization     109
A Decade of Expansion, 1935-1945     111
Marking Time, 1945-1958     129
The Boom Years, 1958-1975     153
Conclusion     184
Notes     191
Select Bibliography     227
Index     235

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