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 →

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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 →

New e-books (January 2018)

Afrodescendant resistance to deracination in Colombia : massacre at Bellavista-Bojayá-Chocó / Aurora Vergara-Figueroa This book provides a socio-historical analysis of the 2002 massacre at Bellavista-Bojayá-Chocó, Colombia. The author examines how the concepts of forced displacement and migration could be formulas for historical erasure. These concepts are used to name populations, such as the survivors of... Continue Reading →

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