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 a
continuous reappraisal of the role of the Americas in history, and of the
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-
plinary 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.
Daniel Goldstein’s The Spectacular City bears witness to the social
decay provoked by neoliberal reforms and the public response of Bo-
livia’s poor, rural immigrants to the city of Cochabamba. Through fig-
ures of performance and spectacle, Goldstein takes us to the profoundly
creative—and often profoundly disturbing—rejoinders of these urban
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