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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
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
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
Comparative Public Policy in Latin America
Comparative Public Policy in Latin America
Edited by Jordi Díez and Susan Franceschet

This book promises to become the definitive work on contemporary public policy in Latin America, essential for those who study the area as well as comparative public policy more broadly.

Published Dec 2012
Dimensions of Development: History, Community, and Change in Allpachico, Peru
Dimensions of Development: History, Community, and Change in Allpachico, Peru
By Susan Vincent

A unique historical ethnography, Dimensions of Development illustrates how state and NGO projects have drawn Allpachiqueños deeper into capitalism and have brought about challenges to the local political structure, the comunidad campesina.

Published Mar 2012
The Paradox of Democracy in Latin America: Ten Country Studies of Division and Resilience
The Paradox of Democracy in Latin America: Ten Country Studies of Division and Resilience
By Katherine Isbester with Viviana Patroni, Lauren Phillips, Roberta Rice, and Judith Teichman
Inviting in tone and organization but rigorous in its scholarship, this collection focuses on the problems, successes, and multiple forms of democracy in Latin America.
Published Nov 2010
Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA
Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA
By Ronald L. Mize and Alicia C.S. Swords
The authors offer a comprehensive and contemporary look at the increasingly important role that Mexican immigrants play in the North American economy.
Published Oct 2010
Maya or Mestizo?: Nationalism, Modernity, and its Discontents
Maya or Mestizo?: Nationalism, Modernity, and its Discontents
By Ronald Loewe
Loewe offers a contemporary look at a Maya community caught between tradition and modernity. He skilfully weaves the history of Mexico and this particular community into the analysis, providing a unique understanding of how one local community has faced the onslaught of modernization.
Published Sep 2010
Zapatismo Beyond Borders: New Imaginations of Political Possibility
Zapatismo Beyond Borders: New Imaginations of Political Possibility
Alex Khasnabish

Examines how Zapatismo, the political philosophy of the Zapatistas, crossed the regional and national boundaries of the isolated indigenous communities of Chiapas to influence diverse communities of North American activists.

Published Nov 2008
On the Move: The Politics of Social Change in Latin America
On the Move: The Politics of Social Change in Latin America
By Henry Veltmeyer
"With irony, insight, and elegant simplicity, Veltmeyer shows us how the power of money and the power of collective commitment interact in the sweepstakes of social history." - Jan Knippers Black, Monterey Institute for International Studies

Published May 2007