About the Series
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a critical series.
It aims to explore the emergence and consequences of concepts used
to define ‘‘Latin America’’ while at the same time exploring the broad
interplay of political, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped
Latin American worlds. Latin America, at the crossroads of competing
imperial designs and local responses, has been construed as a geocul-
tural and geopolitical entity since the nineteenth century. This series
provides a starting point to redefine Latin America as a configuration of
political, linguistic, cultural, and economic intersections that demands
acontinuousreappraisaloftheroleoftheAmericasinhistory,andofthe
ongoing process of globalization and the relocation of people and cul-
tures that have characterized Latin America’s experience. Latin America
Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a forum that confronts estab-
lished geocultural constructions, that rethinks area studies and disci-
plinaryboundaries,thatassessesconvictionsoftheacademyandofpub-
licpolicy,andthat,correspondingly,demandsthatthepracticesthrough
which we produce knowledge and understanding about and from Latin
America be subject to rigorous and critical scrutiny.
In the 1990s Argentina moved rapidly to a level of economic and po-
litical crisis that exploded at the beginning of the twenty-first century. A
country that was at the forefront of ideas and progress in Latin America
became one of the most visible victims of the neoliberal economy and
the imf’s global political designs. The crisis and the shock in which the
Argentinean population found itself is generating new forms of social
awareness and the emergence of a new political society. In Contentious
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