Latin America is home to emerging global powers such as Brazil and Mexico and has important links to other titans including China, India, and Africa. Global Latin America examines a range of historical events and cultural forms in Latin America that continue to influence peoples’ lives far outside the region. Its innovative essays, interviews, and stories focus on insights from public intellectuals, political leaders, artists, academics, and activists from the region, allowing students to gain an appreciation of the global relevance of Latin America in the twenty-first century.
The topics range from the colonial legacy and the historical underpinnings of globalization, the creation and consumption of Latin American culture, and communities as dynamic entities not bounded by space, to how the digital revolution is reshaping the creation and decentralization of social movements, as well as the function of art in the making of a global Latin America. This volume greatly benefits from an interdisciplinary method, providing readers with a more complete, holistic, nuanced, and complex view of Latin America’s understanding of globalization in a local manner, and the role this region plays in the creation of an increasingly connected globalized society.—CHOICE
"Latin America is rarely at the center of conversations about globalization, but this book may change that. Global Latin America
is an interdisciplinary, border-defying anthology that explores the politics and poetics of globalization from a Latin American perspective. With its ties to both the Atlantic and Pacific worlds, Latin America has long been a cultural crossroads, and this volume demonstrates in a most compelling way that region is also a crucial site for understanding our global present."—Barbara Weinstein, author of The Color of Modernity: São Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil
"Matthew Gutmann and Jeffrey Lesser are a dream team: senior scholars with international reputations who are among the most innovative in their disciplines. Global Latin America
offers a superb sampling of the cutting edge in connecting approaches across subfields, such as gender studies, Latin American Studies, ethnic studies, and area studies."—Jerry Dávila, Jorge Paulo Lemann Chair in Brazilian History, University of Illinois, and author of Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950–1980
"The list of authors included in Global Latin America
is incredibly impressive and offers the book considerable luster. From two top-notch editors, the volume is the perfect book for class use in a variety of settings—both as a foundational text in Latin American Studies courses as well as for journalists, policy-makers, and anyone else interested in the region."—Miguel Angel Centeno, author of State Making in the Developing World