Contemporary Latin America : 1970 to the present / Robert H. Holden and Rina Villars.Material type: TextSeries: History of the contemporary world: Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, UK : Wiley-Blackwell, a John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. publication, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Description: ix, 353 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781405139700; 1405139706; 9781405139717; 1405139714Subject(s): Latin America -- History -- 1980- | Latin America -- History -- 20th century | HISTORY -- Modern -- 20th Century | Latin America | Sociaal-economische situatie | Politieke situatie | Latijns-Amerika | Politik | Gesellschaft | Wirtschaft | Lateinamerika | Samhällsliv | Kultur | Politik | Ekonomiska förhållanden | Latinamerika -- historia | Latin America -- Civilization -- 1948- | Latin America -- Economic conditions -- 1982- | Latin America -- Politics and government -- 1980- | Since 1900 | 1970-2010Genre/Form: History.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Contemporary Latin America.DDC classification: 980 LOC classification: F1414.3 | .H65 2013Other classification: HIS037070 | 89.40
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
What is Latin America? -- Beliefs -- The demise of social revolution -- The armed forces bow to civilian rule -- The turning toward democracy -- Religion, politics and the state -- Lawless violence, impunity and the democratic transition -- The challenge of sustained growth -- Poor countries, rich countries -- Agonies of underdevelopment -- Education -- Research and communications -- Literature and the visual arts -- Cinema and sports -- The family women and sexuality -- Indigenous peoples and their movements -- Toward a Latin American community of nations?
"Contemporary Latin America presents the epochal political, economic, social, and cultural changes in Latin America over the last 40 years and comprehensively examines their impact on life in the region, and beyond. Provides a fresh approach and a new interpretation of the seismic changes of the last 40 years in Latin America. Introduces major themes from a humanistic and universal perspective, putting each subject in a context that readers can understand and relate to. Focuses on 'Ibero-America'--Brazil and the eighteen countries that were formerly Spanish possessions--while offering valuable comparative views of the non-Iberian areas of the Caribbean. Emphasizes the global, regional and national dimensions of the region's recent past"-- Provided by publisher.
"Provides a fresh approach and a new interpretation of the seismic changes of the last 40 years in Latin America"-- Provided by publisher.
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CHOICE ReviewHolden (Old Dominion Univ.) and Villars offers fresh views of contemporary areas often overlooked by other books on Latin America. In addition to typical topics, such as the roles of the state, the military, and the church, the discussion includes areas such as the importance of soccer in national identity, the emergence of the gay rights movement, the roles of contraception and abortion, and education policy. Inclusion of these topics broadens the scope for readers. However, as a result, some topics are covered in less depth, and important developments are lacking. The chapter on indigenous movements briefly refers to several case studies but lacks any analysis of the contribution of environmental movements, laws, and connectivity to the land, a factor of central importance in countries such as Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Brazil. Some sections serve as brief accounts of major laws and events but without context or theoretical grounding. The chapter on democracy is thin compared to the vast literature in this area, but that may be because factors contributing to the quality of democratization are addressed in strong chapters on military rule, violence, and underdevelopment. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate students. L. M. Barnett Our Lady of the Lake University
Author notes provided by SyndeticsRobert H. Holden teaches Latin American history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia. He is the author of, among others, Armies without Nations: Public Violence and State Formation in Central America, 1821-1960 (2004) and co-editor of Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History (with Eric Zolov, 2010), and has written numerous scholarly articles.
Rina Villars is the author of three books in Spanish on the history and political culture of Central America, and of scholarly articles on Spanish linguistics and women.