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Placing Latin America

Contemporary Themes in Geography, Second Edition

Edited by Edward L. Jackiewicz and Fernando J. Bosco

This comprehensive study offers a thematic approach to Latin America, focusing on the dynamic connections between people, places, and environments rather than on pre-defined notions about the region. The book’s well-rounded and accessible analysis includes discussions of borders and migration; transnationalism and globalization; urbanization and the material, environmental and social landscapes of cities; and the connections between economic development and political change. The authors also explore social and cultural themes such as the illegal drug trade, tourism, children, and cinema. Offering a nuanced and clear perspective, this book will be a valuable resource for all those interested in the politics, economy, and society of a rapidly globalizing continent.

Contributions by: Fernando J. Bosco, J. Christopher Brown, James Craine, Altha J. Cravey, Giorgio Hadi Curti, James Hayes, Edward L. Jackiewicz, Thomas Klak, Mirek Lipinski, Regan M. Maas, Araceli Masterson-Algar, Kent Mathewson, Sarah A. Moore, Linda Quiquivix, Zia Salim, Kate Swanson, and Benjamin Timms.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 268Size: 7 1/4 x 10 1/4
978-1-4422-1242-8 • Hardback • February 2012 • $88.00 • (£60.00)
978-1-4422-1243-5 • Paperback • February 2012 • $44.00 • (£29.95)
978-1-4422-1244-2 • eBook • February 2012 • $42.99 • (£29.95)
Edward L. Jackiewicz is professor in the Department of Geography at California State University, Northridge. Fernando J. Bosco is associate professor in the Department of Geography at San Diego State University.
Fernando J. Bosco and Edward L. Jackiewicz
Part I: Histories, Places, and Environments
Chapter 1: Physical Geography: The Human-Environment Connection
James Hayes and Benjamin Timms
Chapter 2: The Making of a Region: Five Hundred Years of Change from Within and Without
Edward L. Jackiewicz and Fernando J. Bosco
Chapter 3: Cycles of Economic Change: Political Economy from Neocolonialism to the Bolivarian Revolution
Edward L. Jackiewicz and Linda Quiquivix
Chapter 4: Urbanization: Socio-Spatial Dimensions, Challenges, and Prospects
Fernando J. Bosco and Zia Salim
Part II: Economy, Culture, and Society
Chapter 5: Economic and Geopolitical Vulnerability: Causes and Consequences
Thomas Klak
Chapter 6: Mass and Alternative Tourisms in Latin America and the Caribbean
Edward L. Jackiewicz and Thomas Klak
Chapter 7: Drug Geographies: A Cultural Historical Profile
Chapter 8: Latin American Cinema: Spatial Imaginings and Contested Landscapes
James Craine, Giorgio Hadi Curti, and Mirek Lipinski
Part III: People, Place, and Politics
Chapter 9: Nongovernmental Organizations: Scale, Society, and Environment
J. Christopher Brown
Chapter 10: Social Movements: Places, Spaces, and Scales of Action
Fernando J. Bosco
Chapter 11: Urban Environmental Politics:Flows, Responsibility, and Citizenship
Sarah A. Moore
Chapter 12: Children and Young People: Inequality, Rights, and Empowerment
Kate Swanson
Part IV: Transnational Spaces
Chapter 13: US-Mexico Borderlands: Violence and the Politics of Exclusion
Altha J. Cravey
Chapter 14: Transnational Latin America: Movements, Places, and Displacements
Araceli Masterson-Algar
Chapter 15: Hispanics/Latinos in the United States: A Geography of Change
Regan M. Maas
A refreshing look at human geographic themes that will serve as a cornerstone in any course in the social sciences about Latin America and the Caribbean, especially geography. The inclusion of social movements, cinema, sustainable tourism, human rights, and NGOs is particularly welcome. (Previous Edition Praise)
Joseph L. Scarpaci, Virginia Tech

This collection provides insights on many of these transformations, showing the region as a dynamic, adaptive area adjusting continually to changes in a competitive world environment. . . . Helpful bibliographic citations are found at the end of most chapters. Written by geographers, the compilation provides a greater understanding of issues facing the region, themes not commonly found in texts and other printed material. For that reason alone, the book is an important read for all those interested in Latin America. Highly recommended. (Previous Edition Praise)

Numerous respected Latin Americanist geographers tackle a wide range of current issues in this timely volume. Many of the chapters discuss the failures of neoliberalism and modernization and highlight the role of new social movements and political regimes in contesting orthodoxies of globalization. Essays on such newsworthy topics as migration, border issues, cinema, and drugs should engage the attention of students. This is a valuable and welcome addition to the textbook literature. (Previous Edition Praise)
Gregory W. Knapp, University of Texas at Austin

In depth and great selection. Good for upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate courses. (Previous Edition Praise)
Jose Morales, New Jersey City University

Provides a thematic approach to the study of Latin America connected to contemporary concepts in geography

Takes a comprehensive approach to the study of Latin America that focuses on the dynamic connections between people, places, and environments rather than on pre-defined views of the region

Each thematic chapter outlines key geographic terms, is illustrated by specific examples and case studies from different places, and includes further suggested reading resources

Covers themes not typically found in textbooks, such as the geographies of drugs, cinema, tourism, children, and social movements

Considers current problems of borders and migration between the United States, Mexico, and the rest of Latin America

New features
New chapters on the physical/natural environment, youth, and historical geography

Existing chapters have been fully revised and updated

Added text boxes provide key terms and definitions

New maps and illustrations