Perspectives on Las Amricas: A Reader in Culture, History, & Representation / Edition 1

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Perspectives on Las Américas: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation charts new territory by demonstrating the limits of neatly demarcating the regions of ‘Latin America’ and the ‘United States’. This landmark volume presents key readings that collectively examine the historical, cultural, economic, and political integration of Latina/os across the Americas, thereby challenging the barriers between Latina/o Studies and Latin American/Caribbean Studies.

  • Brings together key readings that collectively examine the historical, cultural, economic, and political integration of Latina/os across the Americas.
  • Charts new territory by demonstrating the limits of neatly demarcating the regions of 'Latin America' and the 'United States'.
  • Challenges the barriers between Latina/o Studies and Latin American/Caribbean Studies as approached by anthropologists, historians, and other scholars.
  • Offers instructors, students, and interested readers both the theoretical tools and case studies necessary to rethink transnational realities and identities.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Perspectives on Las Américas is a timely anthology for anyoneteaching or studying the histories, cultures, and political economyof our hemisphere. With a broad geographic scope that unifies theCaribbean with North, South, and Central America, this volumesplendidly explores the tensions among regions, states, and nationsover global transnational processes. Its synthesis of the bestscholarship in Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies makesthis a particularly appealing text, one I enthusiasticallyrecommend." Ramón A. Gutiérrez, University ofCalifornia, San Diego

"This refreshing and original collection synthesizes the currenteffervescence of Latin American and Caribbean studies, with aparticular focus on cultures and identities. Importantly, it takesa hemispheric view, not stopping at the Rio Grande, but includingin its scope the Latin Americanization of the US. A welcomeaddition." Olivia Harris, Goldsmith's College

“As a work designed for students Perspectives on LasAméricas has proved to be a success with this reviewer.[…] The book brings together some splendid (previouslypublished) articles by historians, anthropologists, sociologistsand other scholars which address topics ranging from the genderednature of labour in the Latin-American fruit-picking industry toJennifer Lopez’s bottom.” Journal of Latin AmericanStudies, 36 (2004)

"Perspectives on Las Américas provides a wealth offascinating readings on a very diverse range of topics [...] It is[...] of undoubted utility as a source of worthwhile articles toassign to students." Journal of Latin American Studies, 36(2004)

"Perspectives on Las Américas helps to dismantleLatino stereotypes by bringing out the profound nationaldistinctions among immigrants, and by weaving together many commonthreads between U. S. Latinos and Latin Americans[.]" CENTROJournal, XV No 2 (2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631222965
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/10/2003
  • Series: Global Perspectives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew C. Gutmann is the Stanley J. Bernstein AssistantProfessor of the Social Sciences – International Affairs atBrown University, Providence, RI.

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez is the Director of theCenter for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (City Universityof New York).

Lynn Stephen is Professor and chair of Anthropology atthe University of Oregon, Eugene.

Patricia Zavella is Professor of Latin American andLatino Studies and Co-Director of the Chicano/Latino ResearchCenter at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

Editors' Acknowledgements.

Acknowledgment to Sources.

Introduction: Understanding the Américas: Insights fromLatina/o and Latin American Studies (Lynn Stephen, PatriciaZavella, Matthew C. Gutmann, and Félix V. MatosRodríguez).

Part I: Colonialism and Resistance.

1. Traddutora, Traditora: A Paradigmatic Figure of ChicanaFeminism (Norma Alarcón).

2. From the Plantation to the Plantation (excerpt) (AntonioBenítez Rojo.

3. New Approaches to the Study of Peasant Rebellion andConsciousness: Implications of the Andean Experience (Steve J.Stern).

4. The Real ‘New World Order’: The Globalization ofRacial and Ethnic Relations in the Late Twentieth Century(Néstor P. Rodríguez).

5. The Americans: Latin American and Caribbean Peoples in theUnited States (Rubén G. Rumbaut).

Part II: Global Political Economy.

6. '¿Quién trabajará'': Domestic Workers, UrbanSlaves, and the Abolition of Slavery in Puerto Rico (Félix V.Matos Rodríguez).

7. A Central American Genocide: Rubber, Slavery, Nationalism,and the Destruction of the Guatusos-Malekus (Marc Edelman).

8. Transnational Labor Process and Gender Relations: Women inFruit and Vegetable Production in Chile, Brazil and Mexico (Jane I.Collins).

9. Inequality near and far: International Adoption as Seen froma Brazilian Favela (Claudia Fonseca).

Part III: Identities, Practices, Hybridities.

10. History, Culture, and Place-Making: 'Native' status and MayaIdentity in Belize (Laurie Kroshus Medina).

11. The Carnivalization of the World (Richard Parker).

12. 'Playing with Fire': The Gendered Construction ofChicana/Mexicana Sexuality (Patricia Zavella).

13. Returned Migration, Language, and Identity: Puerto RicanBilinguals in Dos Worlds/Two Mundos (Ana C. Zentella).

14. A Place Called Home: A Queer Political Economy of MexicanImmigrant Men's Family Experiences (Lionel Cantú).

15. Dominican Blackness and the Modern World (SilvioTorres-Saillant).

Part IV: Popular Cultures.

16. Jennifer's Butt (Frances Negrón-Muntaner).

17. La Quinceañera: Making Gender and Ethnic Identities(Karen Mary Davalos).

18. Two Sides of the Same Coin: Modern Gaúchoidentity in Brazil (Ruben George Oliven).

19. The United States, Mexico and Machismo (AméricoParedes).

20. Spectacular Bodies: Folklorization and the Politics ofIdentity in Ecuadorian Beauty Pageants (Mark Rogers).

Part V: Regional, National, and Transnational PoliticalCultures.

21. Gender, Politics, and the Triumph of Mestizaje in the Early20th Century Nicaragua (Jeffrey Gould).

22. The Construction of Indigenous Suspects: Militarization andthe Gendered and Ethnic dynamics of Human Rights Abuses in SouthernMexico (Lynn Stephen).

23. For Whom the Taco Bells Toll: Popular Responses to NAFTASouth of the Border (Matthew C. Gutmann).

24. Immigration Reform and Nativism: The Nationalist Response tothe Transnationalist Challenge (Leo R. Chávez).

25. The Process of Black Community Organizing in the SouthernPacific Coast Region of Columbia (Libia Grueso, Carlos Rosero, andArturo Escobar).


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