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Indelible Inequalities in Latin America: Insights from History, Politics, and Culture (Paperback)
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Indelible Inequalities in Latin America: Insights from History, Politics, and Culture (Paperback)

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Since the earliest years of European colonialism, Latin America has been a region of seemingly intractable inequalities, marked by a stark divide between the haves and the have-nots. This collection illuminates the diverse processes that have combined to produce and reproduce inequalities in Latin America, as well as some of the implications of those processes for North Americans. Anthropologists, cultural critics, historians, and political scientists from North and South America offer new and varied perspectives, building on the sociologist Charles Tilly's relational framework for understanding enduring inequalities. While one essay is a broad yet nuanced analysis of Latin American inequality and its persistence, another is a fine-grained ethnographic view of everyday life and aspirations among shantytown residents living on the outskirts of Lima. Other essays address topics such as the initial bifurcation of Peru's healthcare system into one for urban workers and another for the rural poor, the asymmetrical distribution of political information in Brazil, and an evolving Cuban "aesthetics of inequality," which incorporates hip-hop and other transnational cultural currents. Exploring the dilemmas of Latin American inequalities as they are playing out in the United States, a contributor looks at new immigrant Mexican farmworkers in upstate New York to show how undocumented workers become a vulnerable rural underclass. Taken together, the essays extend social inequality critiques in important new directions.

Contributors
Jeanine Anderson
Javier Auyero
Odette Casamayor
Christina Ewig
Paul Gootenberg
Margaret Gray
Eric Hershberg
Lucio Renno
Luis Reygadas

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822347347
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[A] highly worthwhile read. . . . The ideas of Charles Tilly are both usefully employed and considerably developed, and the result is a detailed, ethnographically rich text that not only lays bare the roots of Latin American inequality, but provides us with valuable suggestions for bringing about change. Readers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who have an interest in Latin America, inequality, or both will find ample sources of information and inspiration in this book." - Emma O'Driscoll, History & Anthropology
"Based on extensive, methodologically different research conducted in countries like Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba and the US, these essays help us understand a relational logic we cannot find elsewhere in the world." - Antonadia Borges, Social Anthropology
"[T]his is an important contribution to research on inequalities in the region
and should be read profitably by a broad range of scholars, including historians, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, social and cultural geographers, and cultural studies specialists."
- Paulo Drinot, Bulletin of Latin American Research
"Indelible Inequalities is an illuminating volume for scholars interested in innovative approaches to inequality, or for readers familiar with Latin American history interested in how inequality is perpetrated through less conspicuous means. Readers will gain from both individual chapters and
the volume as a whole." - Ignacio Arana Araya, The Latin Americanist
"Indelible Inequalities in Latin America raises many important questions. . . . for those who are serious in studying why extreme inequality still exists in Latin America, this book is a useful addition to one's reading list." - Richard Grossman, History: Reviews of New Books
Paul Gootenberg and Luis Reygadas have brewed such a potent mix of perspectives and disciplinary approaches to the theme of inequality that one would expect, like an experiment in a chemistry lab, some kind of small explosion or effusion of purple smoke to signal the beginning of a chain reaction that transforms the field.... [The authors] bring together a broad range of approaches to inequality in Latin America that together provide a nuanced picture of it. - Gavin O'Toole, The Latin American Review of Books
In sum, the demonstration of complex, relational, and multicausal similarities underlying the inequalities in these case studies is a fundamental contribution of the book. Beyond economic exploitation and gaps in income, the authors address fuller dimensions of inequalities. - Mariano Perelman, Anthropology of Work Review
"Inequality in virtually all its multifaceted dimensions and in extremely varied surroundings does indeed appear to be an `indelible' characteristic of contemporary Latin American society. Conventional literature tends to treat the issue either in strictly economic or political-economic terms, or in ways that suggest invariant deficiencies. This collection explores it in a more complex and intellectually satisfying way, by treating inequality as `relational,' following the thought of the late Charles Tilly. This approach opens up the phenomenon of inequality to a much broader range of descriptive and analytical strategies, aptly illustrated by the diversity of approaches represented in this volume."-John Coatsworth, Columbia University
"Indelible Inequalities in Latin America raises many important questions. . . . for those who are serious in studying why extreme inequality still exists in Latin America, this book is a useful addition to one's reading list." -- Richard Grossman * History: Reviews of New Books *
"Indelible Inequalities is an illuminating volume for scholars interested in innovative approaches to inequality, or for readers familiar with Latin American history interested in how inequality is perpetrated through less conspicuous means. Readers will gain from both individual chapters and
the volume as a whole." -- Ignacio Arana Araya * The Latin Americanist *
"[A] highly worthwhile read. . . . The ideas of Charles Tilly are both usefully employed and considerably developed, and the result is a detailed, ethnographically rich text that not only lays bare the roots of Latin American inequality, but provides us with valuable suggestions for bringing about change. Readers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who have an interest in Latin America, inequality, or both will find ample sources of information and inspiration in this book." -- Emma O'Driscoll * History and Anthropology *
"[T]his is an important contribution to research on inequalities in the region and should be read profitably by a broad range of scholars, including historians, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, social and cultural geographers, and cultural studies specialists." -- Paulo Drinot * Bulletin of Latin American Research *

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