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Perspectives on Las Américas: A Reader in Culture, History, & Representation

Mathew C. Gutmann (Editor), Felix V. Rodriguez (Editor), Lynn Stephen (Editor), Patricia Zavella (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22295-8
478 pages
January 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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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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List of Contributors.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: Lynn Stephen, Patricia Zavella, Matthew C. Gutmann, and Felix V. Matos-Rodriguez.

Part I: Colonialism and Resistance.

Part II: Global Political Economy.

Part III: Identities, Practices, Hybridities.

Part IV: Popular Cultures.

Part V: Regional, National, and Transnational Political Cultures.

Index.
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Matthew C. Gutmann is the Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of the Social Sciences – International Affairs at Brown University, Providence, RI.


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


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

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

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  • 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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"Perspectives on Las Américas is a timely anthology for anyone teaching or studying the histories, cultures, and political economy of our hemisphere. With a broad geographic scope that unifies the Caribbean with North, South, and Central America, this volume splendidly explores the tensions among regions, states, and nations over global transnational processes. Its synthesis of the best scholarship in Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies makes this a particularly appealing text, one I enthusiastically recommend." Ramón A. Gutiérrez, University of California, San Diego


"This refreshing and original collection synthesizes the current effervescence of Latin American and Caribbean studies, with a particular focus on cultures and identities. Importantly, it takes a hemispheric view, not stopping at the Rio Grande, but including in its scope the Latin Americanization of the US. A welcome addition." Olivia Harris, Goldsmith's College

“As a work designed for students Perspectives on Las Américas has proved to be a success with this reviewer. […] The book brings together some splendid (previously published) articles by historians, anthropologists, sociologists and other scholars which address topics ranging from the gendered nature of labour in the Latin-American fruit-picking industry to Jennifer Lopez’s bottom.” Journal of Latin American Studies, 36 (2004)

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

"Perspectives on Las Américas helps to dismantle Latino stereotypes by bringing out the profound national distinctions among immigrants, and by weaving together many common threads between U. S. Latinos and Latin Americans[.]" CENTRO Journal, XV No 2 (2003)

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