After decades of ideological struggle, much of it in the service
of an elusive socialist ideal, Latin America has embraced
liberalism--democracy and unfettered markets. But liberalism has
triumphed more by default than through exuberance. The region's
democracies are fragile and lethargic. Despite pronounced social
inequality, widespread poverty, and other difficulties, the
populace is not engaged in deep discussions about state and
society. The end of ideological contests has dampened political
conflict, but likewise lessened the sense of urgency for solving
trenchant problems. Political fatigue and devotion to acquisition
have smothered egalitarianism as even an ideal. There is an uneasy
"Latin America at the End of Politics" explores this period of
circumscribed political passions through deft portrayals of crucial
political, economic, social, and cultural issues: governance,
entrepreneurs and markets, urban bias, poverty, the struggle for
women's equality, consumerism, crime, environmental degradation,
art, and migration of the poor. Discussions of these issues are
enriched by the poignant narratives of emblematic individuals, many
of whom are disoriented by the ideological void of the era.
Forrest Colburn's highly original analysis draws on his deep
scholarly and personal familiarity with Latin America. The collage
of issues discussed, set in a provocative framework, offers a
compelling interpretation of Latin America in the aftermath of the
last century's ideological battles--and a way to begin to talk
about the region's future.
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!