Friday April 18th, 2014

Latin America

Gender Politics in Latin America

Gender Politics in Latin America

Debates in Theory and Practice

This collection offers the best scholarly work emerging at the intersection of gender theory and Latin American studies. The essays analyze the gendered politics of state power, language, culture, history, social movements, human rights, and knowledge. Outstanding scholars and activists map the debates that have broken new and fertile ground in Latin American gender studies, criticizing short-comings and speculating on future directions. In their examination of everyday struggles over gender politics, the contributors illustrate the link between political action and conceptual debates. Innovative and challenging, this book will generate discussion in a wide range of fields. … | more |

Shadows of Tender Fury

Shadows of Tender Fury

The Letters and Communiqués of Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

Since the 1994 uprisings in the Mexican state of Chiapas, the spokesman of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, a masked rebel who calls himself Subcomandante Marcos, has become a symbol of revolt in the post-cold war era. Here are the words of Marcos—letters, stories for children, military communiqués, demands, poems, descriptions of colonial exploitation, travelogues, history lessons, spoofs of magic realism, subtle jokes, and inspiring anecdotes—which recast Mexican politics and revived rebel imaginations everywhere. They look backward to the traditions of Indian resistance and the dominant ideals of the Mexican revolution; they look forward to political strategies, styles, and theories that challenge the dominance of capitalism. The wit, anger, irony, and eloquence of these letters and communiqués document how history is being made after “the end of history.”… | more |

Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows

Women, Resistance, and Politics in South America

In Out of the Shadows, author Jo Fisher interviews women in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay to show how they have moved into the vacuum left by the military’s destruction of the male-dominated left. Chapters describe how women have organised—in communal kitchens in Chile’s shantytowns, as trade unionists in Uruguay, peace activists in Paraguay, mothers of the disappeared and self-help groups in Argentina, as grassroots feminists in Chile—ending the isolation of home life.… | more |

Fight for the Forest

Fight for the Forest

Chico Mendes in His Own Words

Chico Mendes, the charismatic founder of the Brazilian rubber tappers union, was murdered by a hired assassin on 22 December 1988. As a trade union leader, he won international acclaim for his role in the non-violent campaign to protect the Amazon rainforest, on which the rubber tappers depend for their livelihood.… | more |

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Beyond the Lighthouse

“The land Columbus loved best” claims the Dominican Republic’s tourist slogan. In celebration of the 1992 quincentennial the government has spent a reported $250 million on a bizarre commemorative lighthouse. It has also bulldozed the homes of thousands of slum-dwellers to beautify the capital city.… | more |

Babouk

Babouk

Loosely based on the Haitian slave insurrection of 1791, Babouk is a biting account of colonialism at its peak. By using the imagination of the novelist to fill in the gaps in the historical record, Endore is able to show us how slavery felt to the slaves who experienced it. His novel is rare for its depiction of the shared history of the slaves and its attention to the variety of the slave experience. It provides the reader with a vivid history of Haiti and a compelling account of slavery and rebellion.… | more |

Born to Die in Medellín

Born to Die in Medellín

A riveting insight into urban violence in Medellín, Colombia’s second city. Author Alonso Salazar journeys into the jails, hospitals, and shanty towns of Colombia’s drug capital to interview teenage contract killers, their families, priests, and self-defense vigilantes. In the process, he brings alive the world of Medellín’s youth gangs, those who, in their own words, are “born to die” before they can have children or grow old. … | more |

Haiti: State Against Nation

Haiti: State Against Nation

Origins and Legacy of Duvalierism

In the euphoria that followed the departure of Haiti’s hated dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier, most Haitian and foreign analysts treated the regimes of the two Duvaliers, father and son, as a historical nightmare created by the malevolent minds of the leaders and their supporters. Yet the crisis, economic and political, that faces this small Caribbean nation did not begin with the dictatorship, and is far from being solved, despite its departure from the scene. In this fascinating study, Haitian-born Michel-Rolph Trouillot examines the mechanisms through which the Duvaliers ruthlessly won and then held onto power for twenty-nine years.… | more |

The Poor and the Powerless

The Poor and the Powerless

Economic Policy and Change in the Caribbean

Argues than another form of development—by the poor and for the poor—is not only possible but necessary.… | more |

Memoirs of Bernardo Vega

Memoirs of Bernardo Vega

A Contribution to the History of the Puerto Rican Community in New York

When Bernardo Vega arrived in New York from Puerto Rico in 1916, he was at the forefront of a migrant stream that was soon to become a flood. His memoirs—perceptive, lively, and politically aware—provide us with a unique and often humorous firsthand account of the life of an immigrant, as well as of the concerns and activities of the Puerto Rican community in New York in the period between the wars.… | more |

The Intellectual Roots of Independence

The Intellectual Roots of Independence

An Anthology of Puerto Rican Political Essays

Explores the impact of colonial domination and defends Puerto Rican anti-imperial struggles.… | more |