New book in the collection: Contraband corridor

The Mexico–Guatemala border has emerged as a geopolitical hotspot of illicit flows of both goods and people. Contraband Corridor seeks to understand the border from the perspective of its long-term inhabitants, including petty smugglers of corn, clothing, and coffee. Challenging assumptions regarding security, trade, and illegality, Rebecca Berke Galemba details how these residents engage in... Continue Reading →


New e-books (June 2018)

The destruction of the indigenous peoples of Hispano America : a genocidal encounter / Eitan Ginzberg It was not the original intention of the Spanish to harm the Hispanic-American natives. The Spanish Crown, Councils and Church considered the natives free and intelligent vassals entitled to be embraced by Christianity and by the Hispanic civil culture.... Continue Reading →

New acquisitions Central America (June 2018)

From strangers to neighbors : post-disaster resettlement and community building in Honduras / Ryan Alaniz Natural disasters, the effects of climate change, and political upheavals and war have driven tens of millions of people from their homes and spurred intense debates about how governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) should respond with long-term resettlement strategies. Many... Continue Reading →

New book in the collection: Constructions of time and history in the pre-Columbian Andes

Constructions of Time and History in the Pre-Columbian Andes explores archaeological approaches to temporalities, social memory, and constructions of history in the pre-Columbian Andes. The authors examine a range of indigenous temporal experiences and ideologies, including astronomical, cyclical, generational, eschatological, and mythical time. This nuanced, interdisciplinary volume challenges outmoded anthropological theories while building on an emic... Continue Reading →

New e-books (May 2018 II)

From angel to office worker : middle-class identity and female consciousness in Mexico, 1890-1950 / Susie S. Porter In late nineteenth-century Mexico a woman’s presence in the home was a marker of middle-class identity. However, as economic conditions declined during the Mexican Revolution and jobs traditionally held by women disappeared, a growing number of women began... Continue Reading →

New book in the collection: A fragmented continent

How Latin American countries became leading voices and innovators on addressing climate change—and what threatens their leadership. Latin American countries have increased their influence at the United Nations climate change negotiations and offered potential solutions on coping with global warming. But in the face of competing priorities, sometimes these climate policies are jettisoned, undermined, or... Continue Reading →

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