Miniature Messages: The Semiotics and Politics of Latin American Postage Stamps

Miniature Messages: The Semiotics and Politics of Latin American Postage Stamps

by Jack Child
     
 

In Miniature Messages, Jack Child analyzes Latin American postage stamps, revealing the messages about history, culture, and politics encoded in their design and disseminated throughout the world. While postage stamps are a sanctioned product of official government agencies, Child argues that they accumulate popular cultural value and take on new meanings as they… See more details below

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In Miniature Messages, Jack Child analyzes Latin American postage stamps, revealing the messages about history, culture, and politics encoded in their design and disseminated throughout the world. While postage stamps are a sanctioned product of official government agencies, Child argues that they accumulate popular cultural value and take on new meanings as they circulate in the public sphere. As he demonstrates in this richly illustrated study, the postage stamp conveys many of the contestations and triumphs of Latin American history.

Child combines history and political science with philatelic research of nearly forty thousand Latin American stamps. He focuses on Argentina and the Southern Cone, highlighting stamps representing the consolidation of the Argentine republic and those produced under its Peronist regime. He compares Chilean stamps issued by the leftist government of Salvador Allende and by Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. Considering postage stamps produced under other dictatorial regimes, he examines stamps from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Paraguay. Child studies how international conflicts have been depicted on the stamps of Argentina, Chile, and Peru, and he pays particular attention to the role of South American and British stamps in establishing claims to the Malvinas/Falkland Islands and to Antarctica. He also covers the cultural and political history of stamps in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Grenada, Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela, and elsewhere. In Miniature Messages, Child finds the political history of modern Latin America in its "tiny posters."

About the Author:
Jack Child is a professor in the Department of Languageand Foreign Studies at American University in Washington. He is the author of many books and articles on Latin American culture, translation, and geopolitics

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341994
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Preface     xv
Acknowledgments     xix
Introduction     1
Semiotics, Popular Culture, Politics, and Stamps     13
An Overview of Latin American Postage Stamps     43
Internal Politics and Latin American Stamps     57
International Relations and Latin American Stamps     75
Argentina     95
The Falklands/Malvinas     124
South American Antarctica     142
Other Miniature Messages of Note     161
Conclusions     190
Notes     197
General Index     225
Index of Stamps     235

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