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Institute of Latin American Studies

Cover for A Return to the Village: Community ethnographies and the study of Andean culture in retrospective A Return to the Village: Community ethnographies and the study of Andean culture in retrospective
Francisco Ferreira, Billie Jean Isbell (eds)
May 29, 2020

This edited volume brings together several scholars who have produced outstanding ethnographies of Andean communities, mostly in Peru but also in neighbouring countries. These ethnographies were published between the 1970s and 2000s, following different theoretical and thematic approaches, and they often transcended the boundaries of case studies to become important reference works on key aspects of Andean culture: for example, the symbolism and ritual uses of coca in the case of Catherine J. Allen;...

Cover for Provincialising Nature: Politics of the Environment in Latin America Provincialising Nature: Politics of the Environment in Latin America
Michela Coletta, Malayna Raftopoulos (eds)
May 8, 2020

Provincialising Nature: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Politics of the Environment in Latin America offers a timely analysis of some of the crucial challenges, contradictions and promises within current environmental discourses and practices in the region. This book shows both challenging scenarios and original perspectives that have emerged in Latin America in relation to the globally urgent issues of climate change and the environmental crisis. Two interconnected analytical frameworks guide the discussions in the book: the relationship between nature, knowledge and...

Cover for Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America
Linda A. Newson (ed)
April 6, 2020

The Jesuits’ colonial legacy in Latin America is well-known. They pioneered an interest in indigenous languages and cultures, compiling dictionaries and writing some of the earliest ethnographies of the region. They also explored the region’s natural history and made significant contributions to the development of science and medicine. On their estates and in the missions they introduced new plants, livestock, and agricultural techniques, such as irrigation. In addition, they left a lasting legacy on the region’s architecture, art and music.

The volume demonstrates the...

Cover for A Nicaraguan Exceptionalism? Debating the Legacy of the Sandinista Revolution A Nicaraguan Exceptionalism? Debating the Legacy of the Sandinista Revolution
Hilary Francis (ed)
February 24, 2020

In recent years, child migrants from Central America have arrived in the United States in unprecedented numbers. But whilst minors from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador make the perilous journey to the north, their Nicaraguan peers have remained in Central America. Nicaragua also enjoys lower murder rates and far fewer gang problems when compared with her neighbours.

Why is Nicaragua so different? The present government has promulgated a discourse of Nicaraguan exceptionalism, arguing that Nicaragua is unique thanks to heritage of the 1979 Sandinista revolution. This volume...

Cover for Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond
Jack Webb, Roderick Westmaas, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, William Tantam (eds)
February 18, 2020

In recent years, academics, policy makers and media outlets have increasingly recognised the importance of Caribbean migrations and migrants to the histories and cultures of countries across the Northern Atlantic.

Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation furthers our understanding of the lives of many of these migrants, and the contexts through which they lived and continue to live. In particular, it focuses on the relationship between Caribbean migrants and processes of...

Cover for Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America and the Caribbean Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America and the Caribbean
Peter Wade, James Scorer, Ignacio Aguiló (eds)
September 30, 2019

Latin America’s long history of showing how racism can co-exist with racial mixture and conviviality offers useful ammunition for strengthening anti-racist stances. This volume asks whether cultural production has a particular role to play within discourses and practices of anti-racism in Latin America and the Caribbean. The contributors analyse music, performance, education, language, film and art in diverse national contexts across the region.

The book also places Latin American and Caribbean racial formations within a broader global context. It shows that the region provides...

Cover for Creative Spaces: Urban Culture and Marginality in Latin America Creative Spaces: Urban Culture and Marginality in Latin America
Niall H.D. Geraghty, Adriana Laura Massidda; Lucy O'Sullivan, Cristian Silva, Paul Merchant, Orlando Deavila Pertuz, Lucy McMahon, Anabella Roitman, Simone Kalkman, Geoffrey Kantaris
August 21, 2019

Creative Spaces: Urban Culture and Marginality is an interdisciplinary exploration of the different ways in which marginal urban spaces have become privileged locations for creativity in Latin America. The essays within the collection reassess dominant theoretical notions of ‘marginality’ in the region and argue that, in contemporary society, it invariably allows for (if not leads to) the production of the new.

While Latin American cities have, since their foundation, always included marginal spaces (due, for example, to the segregation of indigenous groups), the...

Cover for Brazil: Essays on History and Politics Brazil: Essays on History and Politics
Leslie Bethell
June 29, 2018

Published to mark his 80th birthday, this volume consists of seven essays by Leslie Bethell on major themes in modern Brazilian history and politics: Brazil and Latin America; Britain and Brazil (1808-1914); The Paraguayan War (1864-70); The decline and fall of slavery (1850-1888); The long road to democracy; Populism; The failure of the Left. The essays are new, but they draw on book chapters and journal articles published (mainly in Portuguese) and public lectures delivered in the ten years since his retirement as founding Director of the University of Oxford Centre for Brazilian...