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Power, Place and Representation

Contested Sites of Dependence and Independence in Latin America

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Bill Richardson and Lorraine Kelly

Questions about dependence and independence are of crucial importance in relation to Latin America, given the region’s history and its current situation. They are particularly relevant at this time, with the bicentenary of independence being celebrated throughout the region. This book examines central issues relating to these two notions in the Latin American context, offering twelve different studies of the themes in question, six of which cover sociology and politics and six of which examine topics in literary and cultural studies. The breadth of the subject matter considered in the volume reflects the wide range of issues that the ideas of dependence and independence raise in this political and geographical context, including, among others: identity, hegemony, wealth and poverty, discursive power, the role of civil society, language and gender. The contributors offer new insights into the fields examined, from discussions of the significance of cultural products such as literary works and films to a consideration of the validity of the concept of independence to ongoing efforts to alleviate poverty and assert national autonomy. As a uniquely interdisciplinary and multi-focused collection of essays, the book offers readers an excellent overview of these issues as they relate to Latin America today.

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Acknowledgements vii Bill Richardson and Lorraine Kelly Introduction 1 Part I State and Civil Society 15 Ronaldo Munck La Segunda Independencia: Nationalist Nostalgia or Twenty-First-Century Socialism? 17 Peadar Kirby Bolívar’s Dream of Spanish American Unity: Is the ‘New Left’ Finally Realizing It? 33 Barry Cannon States of (In)dependence? Democratization and Citizenship during Latin America’s ‘Left Decade’, 2000–2010 49 Kathy Powell The Mexican Revolution 100 Years On: Is It Over? 73 Sarah Hunt Overcoming Dependency and Reducing Poverty in Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua 93 vi Mel Boland A Singular Plurality? Language and Education Issues in Bolivia 111 Part II Literature and Film 127 Catherine Davies Gendered Interpretations of Independence Poetry: Mexico and Peru, 1820–1822 129 Lorraine Kelly Gender, Corruption and Independence in Roberto Sneider’s Film Adaptation of Arráncame la vida 157 Armida de la Garza Interpreting Independence in Latin American Cinema Today: The Digital Option 173 Catherine Leen Independent Cinema and Globalization: The Case of Paraguay 185 David Conlon Space and the Argentine Republic: Two Lefebvrian Itineraries through the Fiction of Ricardo Piglia 205 Bill Richardson Jorges Luis Borges and the Production of (Independent) Space 227 Notes on Contributors 243 Index 247

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