New acquisitions Mexico (August 2018)

The Mexican heartland : how communities shaped capitalism, a nation, and world history, 1500-2000 / John Tutino The Mexican Heartland provides a new history of capitalism from the perspective of the landed communities surrounding Mexico City. In a sweeping analytical narrative spanning the sixteenth century to today, John Tutino challenges our basic assumptions about the... Continue Reading →

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New book in the collection: The Independent Republic of Arequipa

Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, has the most intense regional culture in the central Andes. Arequipeños fiercely conceive of themselves as exceptional and distinctive, yet also broadly representative of the nation’s overall hybrid nature—a blending of coast (modern, “white”) and sierra (traditional, “indigenous”). The Independent Republic of Arequipa investigates why and how this regional identity... Continue Reading →

New acquisitions Brazil (August 2018)

Constellations of inequality : space, race, and utopia in Brazil / Sean T. Mitchell Winner of the 2018 Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Brazil Section Book Prize In 1982, the Brazilian Air Force arrived on the Alcântara peninsula to build a state-of-the-art satellite launch facility. They displaced some 1,500 Afro-Brazilians from coastal land to inadequate... Continue Reading →

New e-books (August 2018)

Deeply rooted in the present : heritage, memory, and identity in Brazilian quilombos / Mary Lorena Kenny Asking what it means to be quilombola (descendants of African slaves) in the twenty-first century, Kenny illustrates how heritage and identity do not simply exist, but are continually being constructed to reflect particular historical circumstances. The book includes... Continue Reading →

New acquisitions Latin America (August 2018)

Border transgression : mobility and mobilization in crisis / Eva Youkhana (ed.) This volume addresses processes of human mobility in times of crisis from different scientific perspectives and at a global and trans-regional level. The first part sets out to discuss established paradigms in migration studies and politics in order to suggest new approaches to... Continue Reading →

New book in the collection: Before mestizaje

This book opens new dimensions on race in Latin America by examining the extreme caste groups of colonial Mexico. In tracing their experiences, a broader understanding of the connection between mestizaje (Latin America's modern ideology of racial mixture) and the colonial caste system is rendered. Before mestizaje emerged as a primary concept in Latin America,... Continue Reading →

New book in the collection: Life in oil

Oil is one of the world’s most important commodities, but few people know how its extraction affects the residents of petroleum-producing regions. In the 1960s, the Texaco corporation discovered crude in the territory of Ecuador’s indigenous Cofán nation. Within a decade, Ecuador had become a member of OPEC, and the Cofán watched as their forests... Continue Reading →

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