New e-books (September 2018 I)

Labour mobilization, politics and globalization in Brazil: between militancy and moderation / Marieke Riethof This book analyses the conflicts that emerged from the Brazilian labour movement’s active participation in a rapidly changing political environment, particularly in the context of the coming to power of a party with strong roots in the labour movement. While the... 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 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 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 e-books (May 2018 I)

Illegal markets, violence, and inequality : evidence from a Brazilian Metropolis / Jean Daudelin, José Luiz Ratton This book challenges the quasi-consensus that Latin American countries dominate global homicide rankings mainly due to the illegal nature of drug production and trafficking. Building on US scholarship that looks at the role of social exclusion and discriminatory policing in... Continue Reading →

New e-books (April 2018 II)

Beyond alterity : destabilizing the indigenous other in Mexico / edited by Paula López Caballero and Ariadna Acevedo-Rodrigo The concept of “indigenous” has been entwined with notions of exoticism and alterity throughout Mexico’s history. In Beyond Alterity, authors from across disciplines question the persistent association between indigenous people and radical difference, and demonstrate that alterity... Continue Reading →

New e-books (April 2018 I)

Between the Andes and the Amazon : language and social meaning in Bolivia / Anna M. Babel Why can’t a Quechua speaker wear pants? Anna M. Babel uses this question to open an analysis of language and social structure at the border of eastern and western, highland and lowland Bolivia. Through an exploration of categories... Continue Reading →

New e-books (March 2018)

Chocolate, politics and peace-building : an ethnography of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia / Gwen Burnyeat This book tells the story of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, an emblematic grassroots social movement of peasant farmers, who unusually declared themselves ‘neutral’ to Colombia’s internal armed conflict, in the north-west... Continue Reading →

New e-books (February 2018)

Baron de Vastey and the origins of Black Atlantic humanism / Marlene Daut Focusing on the influential life and works of the Haitian political writer and statesman, Baron de Vastey (1781-1820), in this book Marlene L. Daut examines the legacy of Vastey’s extensive writings as a form of what she calls black Atlantic humanism, a... Continue Reading →

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