LASA21

Cultural Nationalism and Ethnic Music in Latin America

Edited by William H. Beezley

The contributors examine a variety of countries where powerful historical movements were shaped intentionally by music.

Mexico City, 1808

Power, Sovereignty, and Silver in an Age of War and Revolution
By John Tutino

Tutino offers a new vision of the political violence and social conflicts that led to the fall of silver capitalism and Mexican independence in 1821.

Social Skins of the Head

Body Beliefs and Ritual in Ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes
Edited by Vera TieslerMaría Cecilia Lozada

The meanings of ritualized head treatments among ancient Mesoamerican and Andean peoples is the subject of this book, the first overarching coverage of an important subject.

Cynical Citizenship

Gender, Regionalism, and Political Subjectivity in Porto Alegre, Brazil
By Benjamin Junge

This anthropological study of grassroots community leaders in Porto Alegre, Brazil’s leftist hotspot, focuses on gender, politics, and regionalism during the early 2000s, when the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores) was in power.

Murder in Mérida, 1792

Violence, Factions, and the Law
By Mark W. Lentz

This book recounts the mystery of the Gálvez murder and its resolution, an event that captured contemporaries’ imaginations throughout the Hispanic world and caused consternation on the part of authorities in both Mexico and Madrid.

Banana Cowboys

The United Fruit Company and the Culture of Corporate Colonialism
By James W. Martin

This study of the United Fruit Company shows how the business depended on these complicated employees, especially on acclimatizing them to life as tropical Americans.

Rethinking Mexican Indigenismo

The INI’s Coordinating Center in Highland Chiapas and the Fate of a Utopian Project
By Stephen E. Lewis

This book traces how indigenista innovation gave way to stagnation as local opposition, shifting national priorities, and waning financial support took their toll.

The Latino Christ in Art, Literature, and Liberation Theology

By Michael R. Candelaria

This exploration of Iberian, Latin American, and US-Hispanic representations of Christ focuses on outliers in art, literature, and theology: Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco, Argentine writer Jorge Borges, Spanish existentialist Miguel de Unamuno, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff, and Mexican philosopher José Vasconcelos.

Imagining Histories of Colonial Latin America

Synoptic Methods and Practices
Edited by Karen MelvinSylvia Sellers-García

Imagining Histories of Colonial Latin America teaches imaginative and distinctive approaches to the practice of history through a series of essays on colonial Latin America.

More Argentine Than You

Arabic-Speaking Immigrants in Argentina
By Steven Hyland Jr.

Hyland shows how Syrians and Lebanese, Christians, Jews, and Muslims adapted to local social and political conditions, entered labor markets, established community institutions, raised families, and attempted to pursue their individual dreams and community goals in early twentieth-century Argentina.

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