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 inter-
play of political, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped Latin
American worlds. Latin America, at the crossroads of competing impe-
rial designs and local responses, has been construed as a geocultural 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 demand a contin-
uous reappraisal of the role of the Americas in history, and of the ongo-
ing process of globalization and the relocation of people and cultures
that have characterized Latin America's experience.
Latin America Other-
wise: Languages, Empires, Nations
is a forum that confronts established
geocultural constructions, that rethinks area studies and disciplinary
boundaries, that assesses convictions of the academy and of public
policy, and that, correspondingly, demands that the practices through
which we produce knowledge and understanding, about and from Latin
America be subject to rigorous and critical scrutiny.
Everynight Life
is a collection of critical pieces that makes us rethink
"Latin America," disciplinary boundaries, and methodologies. The tra-
ditional "Latin America" -the essentialized entity of imperial origin-is
replaced with a dynamic view
from
Latin America. "Latin America" be-
comes a field of geopolitical, cultural, and economic relations that span
the globe and whose transformations in history continuously redefine
the configuration of the Americas. Latin America is in Europe; Latin
America is in the United States.
Everynight Life
is a foray into the "politics
of location."
The contributors to this volume construct dialogues: between world-
wide forces and regional configurations; between processes re-imagining
(Latin) America and the local experiences that gave rise to them-at the
North Carolina conference that attracted musicians, dancers, scholars,
and students hom Guatemala, Peru, the Caribbean, Miami, Cleveland,
and other places in America; and above all between the coloniallega-
cies that engendered the Latino/as communities in the United States,
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