Now in a fifth edition, " Latin America "has been updated to reflect the region s growing optimism as economies stabilize, trade diversifies, and political systems become more participatory. This multidisciplinary survey of Latin American history, politics, and society features invited contributions from authorities in a variety of fields. New sections address current events including deforestation in Costa Rica and Brazil, emerging social movements, Ecuador s new constitution, and Obama s stated objectives to repair U.S. relations with the region. In addition, key topicssuch as women and Latin American politics, socialist governments and anti-American sentiment, Argentina s deteriorating economy, and Colombia s struggle with military and narcotics issuesreceive expanded and revitalized treatment. Other updated material covers outcomes of recent elections in Bolivia, Brazil, and Nicaragua, among others. Through a hybrid thematic and regional organization, this text provides an essential foundation for introductory courses on Latin America.
Its Problems and Its Promise - A Multidisciplinary Approach