Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations
is a critical
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 imperial
designs and local responses, has been construed as a geocultural and geo-
political 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 continuous reappraisal
of the role of the Americas in history, and of the ongoing process of glob-
alization and the relocation of people and cultures that have characterized
Latin America's experience.
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires,
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.
Latin America's postcolonial history has been marked by its neocolonial
legacies. Since the middle of the century the continent has erupted in civil
war and political violence-including the Cuban revolution, dictatorships
in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Guatemala, hard fought wars in Nicaragua
and El Salvador. While Latin America's new democracies have been much
heralded, battles for political power in Peru - between Sendero Luminoso
and the Peruvian state-have added a twist to this political complexity.
From the early I980s to the early I990S Peru was convulsed by a
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