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Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures (Encyclopedias of Contemporary Culture)(3 Volume Set)

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ISBN 10: 041513188X / ISBN 13: 9780415131889
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Title: Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American ...

Publisher: Routledge

Binding: Hardcover

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This vast three-volume Encyclopedia offers more than 4000 entries on all aspects of the dynamic and exciting contemporary cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its coverage is unparalleled with more than 40 regions discussed and a time-span of 1920 to the present day. "Culture" is broadly defined to include food, sport, religion, television, transport, alongside architecture, dance, film, literature, music and sculpture. The international team of contributors include many who are based in Latin America and the Caribbean making this the most essential, authoritative and authentic Encyclopedia for anyone studying Latin American and Caribbean studies.
Key features include:
* over 4000 entries ranging from extensive overview entries which provide context for general issues to shorter, factual or biographical pieces
* articles followed by bibliographic references which offer a starting point for further research
* extensive cross-referencing and thematic and regional contents lists direct users to relevant articles and help map a route through the entries
* a comprehensive index provides further guidance.

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Reference sources on Latin America and the Caribbean that are accessible to general readers and students are not easy to find. This set presents more than 4,000 entries that document "social, political and cultural developments . . . from the 1920s to the present day."

Except for an initial series of articles that survey each decade, the work is in straight dictionary format. Articles range in length from a short paragraph to several two-columned pages. All articles are signed, and many have some suggested readings, some of which may be available in a large public library. Each country has its own entry. Also covered are topics in food and drink (Cacao, Eating out, Maize), cultural institutions and phenomena (Beauty pageants, Libraries, Pan American Union), intellectual life (Chemistry, Historiography), performing arts (Alonso, Alicia; Carnival; Teatro Libre), and sport (Clemente, Roberto; Tennis). Popular culture is as richly represented as are high culture and political and historical matters. Significant movies, plays, and television programs have a place, as do musical forms. Items in bold type within entries have their own articles elsewhere in the text. There are no illustrations or maps, an omission in a work that might be used by general readers whose geographical knowledge may be shaky. A "Thematic Entry List" groups articles by countries, from Antigua to Virgin Islands, and categories, from "Architecture" to "Writers." This is supplemented by a more expansive general index.

With its emphasis on contemporary culture, the set complements Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (Scribner, 1996). For ready-reference and introductory information, it should be considered by larger public libraries, community college libraries, and academic libraries with introductory courses on Latin America. RBB
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