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 topics—such as women and Latin American politics, socialist governments and anti-American sentiment, Argentina's deteriorating economy, and Colombia's struggle with military and narcotics issues—receive 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.

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Praise for Previous Editions

“Jan Knippers Black's revised fourth edition updates this reader to include modern issues ranging from the traumatic impact of drugs to debt, threats to distinctive ecological zones, new populist political parties and social movements and their attendant social and economic crisis, and more. This book continues to be a popular reader for classroom use.”
Colonial Latin American Historical Review

"Prof. Jan Knippers Black's updated textbook is the ideal resource for any interdisciplinary survey of Latin America. It's new chapters are especially welcome in the sense that the more current trends in interdisciplinary research on Latin America are brought to the reader's attention clearly and forcefully. The regional comprehensiveness of the book is preserved in the current edition, and its thoughtful division between content areas and country case studies successfully addresses competing visions of how the region should be studied, and its organizational structure provides excellent material for debating and critiquing the pedagogies of Latin American Studies."
James D. Huck, Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies
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