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Power, Place and Representation

Contested Sites of Dependence and Independence in Latin America

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Edited By 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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Mel Boland is a lecturer in Spanish and linguistics at NUI Galway, where he also directs the MA in translation studies and coordinates the MA in Spanish. He previously worked as a senior tutor in Spanish and linguis- tics at University College Dublin. He teaches across a wide range of areas, from Spanish language teaching and translation through to modules on linguistics and sociolinguistics, while his principal research areas of inter- est are the fiction of Chilean author Isabel Allende and the intersection of language and education policy in Latin America. Barry Cannon is a postdoctoral CARA fellow with the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). He is currently researching the Latin American right at the Instituto de Iberoamérica, University of Salamanca. He is author of Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution: Populism and Democracy in a Globalised Age (2009) and has published articles on Venezuela and Central America in a number of aca- demic journals including Third World Quarterly, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Development and Practice and Democratization. David Conlon is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at NUI Galway. His work examines the theme of space in the writings of Rodolfo Walsh and Ricardo Piglia. He has published articles on the work of Walsh, Piglia, Juan Gelman and Raúl Zurita. Catherine Davies is Professor of Hispanic and Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham, specializing in literature and cultural...

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