Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Joseph Arbena,David Gerald LaFrance

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780842028219

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 241

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Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean is the most comprehensive overview to date of the development of modern sports in Latin America. This new book illustrates how and why sport has become a central part of the political, economic, and social life of the region and the repercussions of its role. This highly readable volume is composed of articles on a wide variety of sports-basketball, baseball, volleyball, cricket, soccer, and equestrian events-in countries and regions throughout Latin America. Broad in scope, this volume explores the definition of modern sport; whether sport is enslaving, liberating, or neutral; if sport reflects or challenges dominant culture; the attributes and drawbacks of professional versus amateur sport; and the difference between sport in capitalist and socialist nations.

Slavery and Beyond

The African Impact on Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Darién J. Davis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780842024853

Category: History

Page: 301

View: 8073

From the arrival of Hispanicized Africans during the Age of Discovery to the renewal of racial identities, the history of Africans in Latin America has been complex, their contributions numerous. This work selects topics through which to study the African dimension of Latin America, including the colonial era, religion, music, and intermarriage.

Beyond Slavery

The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Darién J. Davis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742541313

Category: Social Science

Page: 289

View: 8663

Beyond Slavery traces the enduring impact and legacy of the African diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean in the modern era. In a rich set of essays, the volume explores the multiple ways that Africans have affected political, economic, and cultural life throughout the region. The contributors engage readers interested in the African diaspora in a series of vigorous debates ranging from agency and resistance to transculturation, displacement, cross-national dialogue, and popular culture. Documenting the array of diverse voices of Afro-Latin Americans throughout the region, this interdisciplinary book brings to life both their histories and contemporary experiences.

Sports Culture in Latin American History

Author: David M. K. Sheinin

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822980452

Category: History

Page: 232

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Perhaps no other activity is more synonymous with passion, identity, bodily ideals, and the power of place than sport. As the essays in this volume show, the function of sport as a historical and cultural marker is particularly relevant in Latin America. From the late nineteenth century to the present, the contributors reveal how sport opens a wide window into local, regional, and national histories. The essays examine the role of sport as a political vehicle, in claims to citizenship, as a source of community and ethnic pride, as a symbol of masculinity or feminism, as allegorical performance, and in many other purposes. Sports Culture in Latin American History juxtaposes analyses of better-known activities such as boxing and soccer with first peoples’ athletics in Argentina, Cholita wrestling in Bolivia, the African-influenced martial art of capoeira, Japanese Brazilian gateball, the “Art Deco” body ideal for postrevolutionary Mexican women, Jewish soccer fans in Argentina and transgressive behavior at matches, and other topics. The contributors view the local origins and adaptations of these athletic activities and their significance as insightful narrators of history and culture.

The Indian in Latin American History

Resistance, Resilience, and Acculturation

Author: John E. Kicza

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 146164447X

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 9702

Initially decimated by disease and later faced with the loss of their lands and their political autonomy, Latin American Indians have displayed remarkable resilience. They have resisted cultural hegemony with rebellions and have initiated petitions to demand remedies to injustices, while consciously selecting certain aspects of the West to incorporate into their cultures. Leading historians, anthropologists and sociologists examine Indian-Western relationships from the Spaniards' initial contact with the Incas to the cultural interplay of today's Latin America. This revised edition contains four brand new chapters and a revised introduction. The list of suggested readings and films has also been updated.

Latin America During World War II

Author: Thomas M. Leonard,John F. Bratzel

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742537415

Category: History

Page: 226

View: 9327

The first full-length study of World War II from the Latin American perspective, this unique volume offers an in-depth analysis of the region during wartime. Each country responded to World War II according to its own national interests, which often conflicted with those of the Allies, including the United States. The contributors systematically consider how each country dealt with commonly shared problems - the Axis threat to the national order, the extent of military cooperation with the Allies, and the war's impact on the national economy and domestic political and social structures. Drawing on both U.S. and Latin American primary sources, the book offers a rigorous comparison of the wartime experiences of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Central America, Gran Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, and Puerto Rico.

Authoritarian Regimes in Latin America

Dictators, Despots, and Tyrants

Author: Paul H. Lewis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742537392

Category: Political Science

Page: 259

View: 7900

This thoughtful text describes how Latin America's authoritarian culture has been and continues to be reflected in a variety of governments, from the near-anarchy of the early regional bosses (caudillos), to all-powerful personalistic dictators or oligarchic machines, to contemporary mass-movement regimes like Castro's Cuba or Peron's Argentina. Taking a student-friendly chronological approach, Paul Lewis also analyzes how the internal dynamics of each historical phase of the region's development led to the next. He describes how dominant ideologies of the period were used to shape, and justify, each regime's power structure. Balanced yet cautious about the future of democracy in the region, this accessible book will be invaluable for courses on contemporary Latin America.

Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean

Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship

Author: Elizabeth Maier,Nathalie Lebon

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813547288

Category: Social Science

Page: 375

View: 6849

Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean brings together a group of interdisciplinary scholars who analyze and document the diversity, vibrancy, and effectiveness of women's experiences and organizing in Latin America and the Caribbean during the past four decades. Most of the expressions of collective agency are analyzed in this book within the context of the neoliberal model of globalization that has seriously affected most Latin American and Caribbean women's lives in multiple ways. Contributors explore the emergence of the area's feminist movement, dictatorships of the 1970s, the Central American uprisings, the urban, grassroots organizing for better living conditions, and finally, the turn toward public policy and formal political involvement and the alternative globalization movement. Geared toward bridging cultural realities, this volume represents women's transformations, challenges, and hopes, while considering the analytical tools needed to dissect the realities, understand the alternatives, and promote gender democracy.

Democracy in Latin America

Patterns and Cycles

Author: Roderic Ai Camp

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780842025133

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 7431

Events such as the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement have made it imperative for students to grasp the history and possible directions of Latin American political change. This title gives readers both the background and the analytical models necessary for an accurate understanding of this area's political past and future. To examine the problems posed by political development, Professor Camp has divided this volume into four parts. The first section sets the tone, with two introductory essays providing an overview of the problems and dilemmas posed by democratization. The other three parts explore important aspects of this overall process.

Latin America and the Caribbean

A Systematic and Regional Survey

Author: Brian W. Blouet,Olwyn M. Blouet

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118729846

Category: Science

Page: 408

View: 3381

Updated and revised with many new detailed maps and photographs, this seventh edition enables geographers to explore the changes and major issues facing this dynamic region today. The historical material has been streamlined in order to focus on contemporary issues. A new chapter was written to focus on Brazil and the Amazonia region. Key environmental issues are highlighted in new boxes throughout the chapters.

Latin American Dictators of the 20th Century

The Lives and Regimes of 15 Rulers

Author: Javier A. Galván

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476600163

Category: Social Science

Page: 217

View: 9280

"This book investigates contradictions in U.S. foreign policy: promoting democracy abroad while supporting dictatorships in Latin America. Such analysis requires multiple perspectives and this work embraces an evaluation of the influence of military dictatorships on cultural elements, while drawing on data from documentary archives, court case files, investigative reports, international treaties, witness testimonies, and letters from survivors"--Provided by publisher.

Strategy, Security, and Spies

Mexico and the U.S. as Allies in World War II

Author: María Emilia Paz Salinas

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271042931

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 1234

Faced with the possibility of being drawn into a war on several fronts, the United States sought to win Mexican support for a new strategy of Hemispheric Security, based on defense collaboration by governments throughout the Americas. U.S. leaders were concerned that Mexico might become a base for enemy operations, a scenario that, given the presence of pro-Axis lobbies in Mexico and the rumored fraternization between Mexico and Germany in World War I, seemed far from implausible in 1939&–41. Strategy, Security, and Spies tells the fascinating story of U.S. relations with Mexico during the war years, involving everything from spies and internal bureaucratic struggles in both countries to all sorts of diplomatic maneuverings. Although its focus is on the interactions of the two countries, relative to the threat posed by the Axis powers, a valuable feature of the study is to show how Mexico itself evolved politically in crucial ways during this period, always trying to maintain the delicate balance between the divisive force of Mexican nationalism and the countervailing force of economic dependency and security self-interest.

Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000

Author: George Reid Andrews

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195152328

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 8943

Covering the last two hundred years, this book examines how African-descended people made their way out of slavery and into freedom, and how, once free, they helped build social and political democracy in Latin America.

Contemporary Latin American Cinema

Breaking Into the Global Market

Author: Deborah Shaw

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742539150

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 201

View: 5181

This engaging book explores Latin America cinema since 2000, an extraordinary period of international recognition. Leading specialists consider the reasons for the unprecedented commercial and critical successes of movies such as City of God, The Motorcycle Diaries, Y tu mamá también, and Nine Queens, as well as equally important films that failed to break out on the international circuit. The chapters not only offer textual analysis, but also assess the films' social context and production conditions. Their well-rounded analyses offer a rich picture of the state of contemporary filmmaking in a range of Latin American countries. Nuanced and thought-provoking, the readings in this book will provide invaluable interpretations for students and scholars of Latin American film.

Women and Sport in Latin America

Author: Rosa Lopez de D'Amico,Tansin Benn,Gertrud Pfister

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131756572X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 260

View: 3092

This multidisciplinary book draws on sociology, cultural studies, anthropology and history, to explore the diversity, challenges and achievements of Latin American women in sport. It offers an in-depth analysis of women’s sport in ten countries across Latin America, insights into the sport activities of indigenous peoples, and the contributions of Latin American women to sport living outside of the region. The book also provides a comprehensive overview of international developments in gender and sport research, policy development and theory, and addresses sport participation at many levels including in school-based physical education, community and high performance contexts.

Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America

Author: Kwame Dixon,John Burdick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813049625

Category: History

Page: 365

View: 4670

"This volume is long overdue, and at the cutting edge of scholarship. It is sure to become a standard reference."--Jerome Branche, author of "Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin American and the Caribbean" "A powerful and original collection of essays. Provides a much needed overview of the development of the Afro-Latin American rights movement."--Nicola Foote, coeditor of "Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America" As academic interest in Afro-Latin America increases, so, too, does the need for a fresh text detailing the cultural and political issues facing black populations throughout the region. With existing literature focused on populations in individual countries, editors Kwame Dixon and John Burdick have encouraged their contributors to move beyond borders in this wide-ranging study. "Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America" offers a new, dynamic discussion of the experience of blackness and cultural difference, black political mobilization, and state responses to Afro-Latin activism throughout Latin America. Its thematic organization and holistic approach set it apart as the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of these populations and the issues they face currently available. Kwame Dixon, assistant professor of African American studies at Syracuse University, is the author of "Racism and the Administration of Justice." John Burdick is professor of anthropology at Syracuse University and author of "Legacies of Liberation: The Progressive Catholic Church in Brazil at the Start of a New Millennium."

Spirits of the Jaguar

The Natural History and Ancient Civilizations of the Caribbean and Central America

Author: Paul Reddish

Publisher: Bbc Publications


Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 7208

Explores the natural history of the Caribbean and Central America from their beginnings to the present

Contemporary Indigenous Movements in Latin America

Author: Erick D. Langer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742575063

Category: History

Page: 220

View: 6967

The efforts of Indians in Latin America have gained momentum and garnered increasing attention in the last decade as they claim rights to their land and demand full participation in the political process. This issue is of rising importance as ecological concerns and autochtonous movements gain a foothold in Latin America, transforming the political landscape into one in which multiethnic democracies hold sway. In some cases, these movements have led to violent outbursts that severely affected some nations, such as the 1992 and 1994 Indian uprisings in Ecuador. In most cases, however, grassroots efforts have realized success without bloodshed. An Aymara Indian, head of an indigenous-rights political party, became Vice President of Bolivia. Brazilian lands are being set aside for indigenous groups not as traditional reservations where the government attempts to 'civilize' the hunters and gatherers, but where the government serves only to keep loggers, gold miners, and other interlopers out of tribal lands. Contemporary Indigenous Movements in Latin America is a collection of essays compiled by Professor Erick D. Langer that brings together-for the first time-contributions on indigenous movements throughout Latin America from all regions. Focusing on the 1990s, Professor Langer illustrates the range and increasing significance of the Indian movements in Latin America. The volume addresses the ways in which Indians have confronted the political, social, and economic problems they face today, and shows the diversity of the movements, both in lowlands and in highlands, tribal peoples, and peasants. The book presents an analytical overview of these movements, as well as a vision of how and why they have become so important in the late twentieth century. Contemporary Indigenous Movements in Latin America is important for those interested in Latin American studies, including Latin American civilization, Latin American anthropology, contemporary issues in Latin America, and ethnic studies.