Reclaiming the Political in Latin American History: Essays from the North

Reclaiming the Political in Latin American History: Essays from the North

by Gilbert M. Joseph
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822327899

ISBN-13: 9780822327899

Pub. Date: 12/25/2001

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Reclaiming the Political in Latin American History is a collection that embraces a new social and cultural history of Latin America that is not divorced from politics and other arenas of power. True to the intellectual vision of Brazilian historian Emilia Viotti da Costa, one of Latin America’s most distinguished scholars, the contributors actively

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Reclaiming the Political in Latin American History is a collection that embraces a new social and cultural history of Latin America that is not divorced from politics and other arenas of power. True to the intellectual vision of Brazilian historian Emilia Viotti da Costa, one of Latin America’s most distinguished scholars, the contributors actively revisit the political—as both a theme of historical analysis and a stance for historical practice—to investigate the ways in which power, agency, and Latin American identity have been transformed over the past few decades.
Taking careful stock of the state of historical writing on Latin America, the volume delineates current historiographical frontiers and suggests a series of new approaches that focus on several pivotal themes: the construction of historical narratives and memory; the articulation of class, race, gender, sexuality, and generation; and the historian’s involvement in the making of history. Although the book represents a view of the Latin American political that comes primarily from the North, the influence of Viotti da Costa powerfully marks the contributors’ engagement with Latin America’s past. Featuring a keynote essay by Viotti da Costa herself, the volume’s lively North-South encounter embodies incipient trends of hemispheric intellectual convergence.

Contributors.
Jeffrey L. Gould, Greg Grandin, Daniel James, Gilbert M. Joseph, Thomas Miller Klubock, Mary Ann Mahony, Florencia E. Mallon, Diana Paton, Steve J. Stern, Heidi Tinsman, Emilia Viotti da Costa, Barbara Weinstein

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822327899
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/25/2001
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
I. The Politics of Writing Latin American History
Reclaiming "the Political" at the Turn of the Millennium / Gilbert M. Joseph
New Publics, New Politics, New Histories: From Economic Reductionism to Cultural Reductionism--in Search of Dialectics / Emilia Viotti da Costa
Between Tragedy and Promise: The Politics of Writing Latin American History in the Late Twentieth Century / Steve J. Stern
II. The Contestation of Historical Narratives and Memory
The Decline of the Progressive Planter and the Rise of Subaltern Agency: Shifting Narratives of Slave Emancipation in Brazil / Barbara Weinstein
A Past to Do Justice to the Present: Collective Memory, Historical Representation, and Rule in Bahia's Cacao Area / Mary Ann Mahony
Revolutionary Nationalism and Local Memories in El Salvador / Jeffrey L. Gould
III. Articulating the Political: The Intersection of Class, Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Generation
The Flight from the Fields Reconsidered: Gender Ideologies and Women's Labor After Slavery in Jamaica / Diana Paton
A More Onerous Citizenship: Illness, Race, and Nation in Republican Guatemala / Greg Grandin
Nationalism, Race, and the Politics of Imperialism: Workers and North American Capital in the Chilean Copper Industry / Thomas Miller Klubock
Good Wives, Bad Girls, and Unfaithful Men: Sexual Negotiation and Labor Struggle in Chile's Agrarian Reform, 1964-73 / Heidi Tinsman
IV. Historians and the Making of History
Bearing Witness in Hard Times: Ethnography and Testimonio in a Postrevolutionary Age / Florencia E. Mallon
Afterword: A Final Reflection on the Political / Daniel James
Contributors
Index

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