Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Na-
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, eco-
nomic, 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 a continuous re-
appraisal of the role of the Americas in history,
and of the ongoing process of globalization and
the relocation of people and cultures that have
characterized Latin America's experience.
America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations
a forum that confronts established geocultural
constructions, that rethinks area studies and
disciplinary boundaries, that assesses convic-
tions of the academy and of public policy, and
that, correspondingly, demands that the prac-
tices through which we produce knowledge and
understanding about and from Latin America
be subject to rigorous and critical scrutiny.
The Politics
Joanne Rappaport
challenges academic common sense regarding
history-how it is written and the measure of
its contained "truths." Insisting that the epis-
temological separation of history and myth-
granting history primarily to the West and myth
to "others" - is spurious, Rappaport writes a
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