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Power, Place and Representation

Contested Sites of Dependence and Independence in Latin America


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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Abente-Brun, D. 187 Agustín I, Emperor of Mexico see Iturbide, Agustín de AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) database 129–30 ‘Gendering Latin American Independence: Women’s Political Culture and the Textual Construction of Gender 1790–1850’ 129 ALADI (Latin American Free Trade Association) 39 ALBA (Alternativa Bolivariana para los pueblos de Nuestra América/ Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) 5, 18–19, 30, 43–4 Albó, X. 117 Alcedo, José Bernardo 141 Amarilla, Maximina 200 Andean Community of Nations (CAN) 42 Andean Pact 39 Andino, Tiburcio Carias 98 antagonisms 23, 53–4, 68, 78 Appadurai, A. 173 Argana, Luis María 186 Argentina ATLAS (Agrupación de Trabajadores Latinoamericanos Sindicalistas) 19 bicentenary celebrations (2016) 129, 223–4 Buenos Aires 12, 130, 140, 209–11, 221 cinema 174, 178, 179, 191–3, 194 class 23, 216–17 Congress of Panama 37, 43 Contadora support group 40 democracy 24, 30, 57 (table), 214 financial crises 24 general elections 223 gold rush 216 growth 22–3, 24, 25 import-substituting industrialization (ISI) 23, 97–8 independence 22–3, 36, 42, 205, 215, 228, 230, 234–5 Mercosur 42, 63n6 nation building 215 nationalism 30, 240 pampas 215, 216 pan-American customs union 38 political citizenship 27, 58 space 205–24, 227, 237, 240–1 Arlt, Roberto 209 army see military Arráncame la vida (film) 157–71 Arráncame la vida (novel) 10, 157 Arrom, Silvia: The Women of Mexico City 1790–1857 130 Artefacto de primera necesidad (film) 197...

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