The first single-authored comprehensive introduction to major contemporary research trends, issues, and debates on the anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean .
The text provides wide and historically informed coverage of key facets of Latin American and Caribbean societies and their cultural and historical development as well as the powerful role of power and inequality in this development.
One reviewer writes, “The text moves well and builds over time, paying close attention to balancing both the Caribbean and Latin America as geographic regions, Spanish and non-Spanish speaking countries, and historical and contemporary issues in the field. I found the geographic breadth to be especially impressive.”
Another notes that the contents “reflect the insights of an anthropologist who knows Latin America intimately and extensively.”
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Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean
By: Harry S. Sanabria (University of Pittsburgh)
The first single-authored comprehensive introduction to major contemporary research trends, issues, and debates on the anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The text provides wide and historically informed coverage of key facets of Latin American and Caribbean societies and their cultural and historical development as well as the role of power and inequality in this development.
What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The text moves well and builds over time, paying close attention to balancing both the Caribbean and Latin America as geographic regions, Spanish and non-Spanish speaking countries, and historical and contemporary issues in the field. I found the geographic breadth to be especially impressive.”
--Cymene Howe, Cornell University
“[The contents] reflect the insights of an anthropologist who knows Latin America intimately and extensively.”
--Jeffrey V. Mantz, California State University, Stanislaus
"I applaud the author on a holistic approach to the study of Latin America. The various features introduce students to the complexity of this topic and its relevance in their studies. By providing a single-authored, integrated perspective, it serves as an excellent required text for the classroom, allowing the professor to build upon this work with any additional areas of expertise that are brought to the class. In addition, the features “In Their Own Words” and “Controversies” provide a multi-dimensional format that encourages students to see culture as a living and changing force instead of a homogeneous collection of artifacts.”
--Marjorie Snipes, State University of West Georgia
"... The overall strength of the text rests on the excellent choice of subject matter and the synthesis and presentation of research within each area… The topical coverage…, is excellent, and probably, the most compelling reason for me to consider changing my own course to incorporate this text… I am particularly impressed with the excellent synthesis of materials, concepts and examples from Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean…The author has achieved a solid balance between providing a general explanatory framework, and examples of specific cases… The choice of chapter topics (food, popular culture, violence, and the global economy) is refreshing, insightful, and important."
--Anne Woodrick, Northern Iowa University
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Book Description Pearson, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Each chapter ends with a "Summary," "Issues and Questions" and "Key Terms and Concepts." Preface Analytical Approach Strengths and Features Organization and Themes 1. ANTHROPOLOGY, LATIN AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN Why Study the Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean? Doing Cultural Anthropology and Documenting Everyday Life Controversies: The Culture of Poverty and Perspectives on the Poor 2. INTRODUCING LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN Delimiting and Imagining Latin America: Ideas, Spaces, and Places Countries and Population Migration and Cities Languages Landscapes, Culture and Society Major Landscapes Landscape Transformations Before and After the Europeans Controversies: Is the Culture Area Concept Still Useful? 3. SOCIETY AND CULTURE BEFORE THE EUROPEANS Anthropological Perspectives on the Evolution of Social Complexity Phases in the Emergence of Societal Complexity in Latin America and the Caribbean The Incan and Aztec States Controversies: The Peopling of the Americas 4. CONQUEST, COLONIALISM, AND RESISTANCE The European Conquests The Colonial Period Ethnogenesis Colonial Legacies, Independence, and the Coalescence of Nation-States Controversies: The Quincentennial, or Remembering Columbus 5. CULTURAL POLITICS OF RACE AND ETHNICITY Racial Categories and Racial Fluidity in Latin America Colonialism, Empire, and the Invention of Race Mestizos and Mestizaje: Class, Race, and Nation The Rise of Ethnicity and Ethnic Movements Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Gender Controversies: Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Peoples In the United States: Race and Respect in the Streets of New York City 6. CULTURAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF GENDER AND SEXUALITY Pre-European Gender Systems The Conquest and Colonial Period Gender and the Consolidation of Nation-States Femininity and Masculinity: Rethinking Marianismo and Machismo Shifting Contours of Masculinity, Femininity, and Sexual Identities Controversies: Gender, Masculinity, and Violence in Amazonian Societies In the United States: Courtship, Sexuality, and Love Across the Border 7. RELIGION AND EVERYDAY LIFE Popular Catholicism The Spread of Protestantism The African Heritage: Candombl, Santera, and Vodou Controversies: Mesoamerican Civil -Religious Cargo Systems In The United States: Re-Creating Vodou in Brooklyn 8. STRIVING FOR HEALTH AND COPING WITH ILLNESS Medical Anthropology The Poor Health of Latin America and the Caribbean Folk Illnesses: Susto, Mal de Ojo, and Nervios The Expressive and Healthy Body Religion and Healing Controversies: Marijuana and Coca, Health and Politics In The United States: Susto and Mal de Ojo Among Florida Farmworkers 9. FOOD, CUISINE, AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION Food and Culture Historical and Cultural Sketch of Latin American Food Food, Consumption, and Ritual Communicating Gender and Sexuality Through Food Cuisine, Cookbooks, and Nation-Building Controversies. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0205380999
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