The Idea of Latin America
December 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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* Charts the history of the concept of Latinity from its emergence in Europe under France’s leadership through to the present day.
* Reinstates the indigenous peoples, the population of African descent and the 40 million Latino/as in the US that are excluded by the image of a
homogenous Latin America.
* Asks what is at stake in the survival of an idea which subdivides the Americas.
* Insists on the pressing need to leave behind an idea of Latinity which belongs to the nation-building mentality of nineteenth-century Europe.