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Deeply Rooted in the Present: Heritage, Memory, and Identity in Brazilian Quilombos
Deeply Rooted in the Present: Heritage, Memory, and Identity in Brazilian Quilombos
By Mary Lorena Kenny

Based on ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and historical research, this book uses a Brazilian quilombola community (descendants of enslaved Africans) as a case study to explore how memories, knowledge, and experience are transformed into cultural heritage.

Available May 2018
Other Diplomacies, Other Ties: Cuba and Canada in the Shadow of the U.S.
Other Diplomacies, Other Ties: Cuba and Canada in the Shadow of the U.S.
Edited by Luis René Fernández Tabío, Cynthia Wright, and Lana Wylie

Other Diplomacies, Other Ties explores Cuba-Canada relations following the revolution of 1959 and the major geopolitical and economic transformations that have occurred in recent years.

Available Mar 2018
Latin American Politics: An Introduction, Second Edition
Latin American Politics: An Introduction, Second Edition
By David Close
Latin American Politics, Second Edition is a thematic introduction to the political systems of all 20 Latin American countries.
Published May 2017
The "Greening" of Costa Rica: Women, Peasants, Indigenous Peoples, and the Remaking of Nature
The "Greening" of Costa Rica: Women, Peasants, Indigenous Peoples, and the Remaking of Nature
By Ana Isla

Drawing on a decade of fieldwork in these communities, Isla exposes the duplicity of a neoliberal model in which the environment is converted into commercial assets, few of whose benefits flow to the local population.

Published Feb 2015
In Light of Africa: Globalizing Blackness in Northeast Brazil
In Light of Africa: Globalizing Blackness in Northeast Brazil
By Allan Charles Dawson

In Light of Africa explores how the idea of Africa as a real place, an imagined homeland, and a metaphor for Black identity is used in the cultural politics of the Brazilian state of Bahia.

Published Oct 2014
My Havana: The Musical City of Carlos Varela
My Havana: The Musical City of Carlos Varela
Edited by Maria Caridad Cumaná, Karen Dubinsky, and Xenia Reloba de la Cruz
Translated by Ana Elena Arazoza
Foreword by Jackson Browne

For more than thirty years, musician Carlos Varela has been a guide to the heart, soul, and sound of Havana. My Havana is a lyrical exploration of Varela’s life and work, and of the vibrant musical, literary, and cinematic culture of his generation.

Published Sep 2014
Lessons from Latin America: Innovations in Politics, Culture, and Development
Lessons from Latin America: Innovations in Politics, Culture, and Development
By Felipe Arocena and Kirk Bowman
This provides a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of both the history of "looking down" at Latin America and the political, economic, and cultural "lessons" (including successes, failures, and unintended consequences) that should inform important policy discussions around the world.
Published Aug 2014
Christopher Columbus's Naming in the 'diarios' of the Four Voyages (1492-1504): A Discourse of Negotiation
Christopher Columbus's Naming in the 'diarios' of the Four Voyages (1492-1504): A Discourse of Negotiation

By Evelina Gužauskytė

In this fascinating book, Evelina Gužauskytė uses the names Columbus gave to places in the Caribbean Basin as a way to examine the complex encounter between Europeans and the native inhabitants.

Published Apr 2014
Environmental Policy Change in Emerging Market Democracies: Eastern Europe and Latin America Compared
Environmental Policy Change in Emerging Market Democracies: Eastern Europe and Latin America Compared
By Jale Tosun

Environmental Policy Change in Emerging Market Democracies demonstrates that, although political and economic transformations have positively affected environmental policy in both regions, the extent of policy change varies considerably across Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Published Nov 2013
Village Among Nations: "Canadian" Mennonites in a Transnational World, 1916-2006
Village Among Nations: "Canadian" Mennonites in a Transnational World, 1916-2006
By Royden Loewen

Village among Nations recuperates a missing chapter of Canadian history: the story of traditionalist Mennonites who emigrated from Canada for cultural reasons, but then in later generations “returned” in large numbers for economic and social security.

Published Oct 2013