David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment and contemporary affairs of Latin America; to foster cooperation and understanding among the peoples of the Americas; and to contribute to democracy, social progress and sustainable development throughout the hemisphere. DRCLAS was founded in 1994 as an initiative to promote high-quality teaching and research on Latin America and related fields at Harvard University. The Center’s structure reflects its interdisciplinary mandate: The Executive Committee is comprised of eight senior faculty members from throughout the University. A separate Policy Committee helps to direct the Center’s development. DRCLAS supports faculty-directed research projects and academic conferences and assists students who want to learn more about Latin America through research, work, study, or volunteering in the region.
The Center’s publication program brings together many of the world’s foremost Latin Americanists to produce books on various topics concerning Latin America.
- David Rockefeller Center Art Catalogs
- Latin American and Latino Art Forum Series
- Series on Latin American Studies
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Beginning with a Bang! From Confrontation to Intimacy: An Exhibition of Argentine Contemporary Artists, 1960-2007
Beginning with a Bang! features the shift between the explosive moment in the Argentine art scene of the 1960s and the current scene emerging during the last 40 years. The exhibition catalogue brings together a historical section as well as information of performance-based actions, and sound and video works by Argentine contemporary artists.
Upgrading to Compete: Global Value Chains, Clusters, and SMEs in Latin America
Can local markets and clusters represent a powerful alternative to global markets? Do transnational corporations and global buyers enhance or undermine local firms’ upgrading and learning? Using original empirical evidence from several clusters in Latin America, Upgrading to Compete shows that both local and global dimensions matter at once.
Democracies in Development: Politics and Reform in Latin America, Revised Edition
The advance of democracy in Latin America over the past quarter century has helped ensure respect for fundamental political freedoms, civil liberties, and human rights. This book highlights how an effective democracy is also essential for sustainable economic and social development.
Policymaking in Latin America: How Politics Shapes Policies
What determines the capacity of countries to design, approve, and implement effective public policies? To address this issue, this book builds on the results of a comparative study of political institutions, policymaking processes, and policy outcomes in eight Latin American countries. The volume benefits from both micro detail on the intricacies of policymaking in individual countries and a broad cross-country interdisciplinary analysis of the process in the region.
Living Standards in Latin American History: Height, Welfare, and Development, 1750–2000
Latin America’s widespread poverty and multi-dimensioned inequalities have long perplexed and provoked observers. This edited volume with chapters by preeminent economists and social scientists brings together important scholarly efforts to measure and explain changes in Latin American living standards as far back as the colonial era.
How Democracy Works: Political Institutions, Actors, and Arenas in Latin American Policymaking
In the past thirty years, democratic freedom and competitive electoral processes have taken hold as never before in Latin America. This book zeroes in on the intricate workings of democratic institutions, the actors that participate in democratic systems, and the arenas in which political and policy interactions take place.
Crossings: Mexican Immigration in Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Few other social phenomena are likely to impact the future character of American society as much as the ongoing wave of “new immigration.” This cross-disciplinary book brings together twelve essays by leading scholars of the most significant aspect of the new immigration: Mexican immigration to the U.S.
Latin America and the World Economy since 1800
The fifteen essays in this volume apply the methods of the new economic history to the history of the Latin American economies since 1800. The authors combine the historian’s sensitivity to context and contingency with modern or "neoclassical" economic theory and quantitative methods.
The Politics of Ethnicity: Indigenous Peoples in Latin American States
The book provides a valuable overview of current problems facing indigenous peoples in their relation with national states in Latin America, from the highlands of Mexico to the jungles of Brazil. The traditional, sometimes centuries old, relations between states and indigenous peoples are now changing and being rediscussed.
Proclaiming Revolution: Bolivia in Comparative Perspective
This volume, the result of a conference organized by the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies of Harvard University and the Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of London, presents new interpretations of the events in Bolivia of 1952 and compares them to social transformations in France, Mexico, Russia, China, and Cuba.
Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, Revised and Expanded
Bitter Fruit is a comprehensive and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954. This book has become a classic, a textbook case of the relationship between the U.S. and the Third World. It is a warning of what happens when the U.S. abuses its power.
Passing Lines: Sexuality and Immigration
Passing Lines seeks to stimulate dialogue on the role of sexuality and sexual orientation in immigration to the U.S. from Latin America and the Caribbean. The book looks at the complexities, inconsistencies, and paradoxes of immigration from the point of view of both academics and practitioners in the field.
Philanthropy and Social Change in Latin America
Latin America is a profoundly philanthropic region with deeply rooted traditions of solidarity with the less fortunate. This volume brings together groundbreaking perspectives on such diverse themes as corporate philanthropy, immigrant networks, and new grant-making and operating foundations with corporate, family, and community origins.
Titu Cusi: A 16th Century Account of the Conquest
First written in 1570, this work now published in modern Spanish with an English translation sheds light on the Inqa (Inca) world. These writings followed more than a decade of negotiations and skirmishes between Inqa rebels and Spanish officials who were receiving their orders from Spain to find a diplomatic, or alternatively violent, solution to integrate these independently governed territories under Spanish colonial rule.
Brazil through the Eyes of William James: Letters, Diaries, and Drawings, 1865–1866, Bilingual Edition/Edição Bilíngue
From 1865–1866, William James accompanied the director of the recently established Museum of Comparative Zoology on a research expedition to Brazil. This volume is a critical, bilingual (English–Portuguese) edition of his diaries and letters and also includes reproductions of his drawings. This original material belongs to the Houghton Archives at Harvard University and is of great interest to both William James scholars and Brazilian studies experts.
The Other Latinos addresses an important topic: the presence in the United States of Latin American and Caribbean immigrants from countries other than Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Focusing on the Andes, Central America, and Brazil, the book brings together essays by a number of accomplished scholars, hoping that this introductory work will inspire others to construct a more complete understanding of the realities of Latin American migration into the United States.
Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua, With New Afterword
Kinzer interviewed people at every level of the Somoza, Sandinistas and contra hierarchies, as well as dissidents, heads of state, and countless ordinary citizens. This is his dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggle that made headlines in 1979 with the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship, and a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people.
Manifest Destinies and Indigenous Peoples
The renowned anthropologist and human rights advocate David Maybury-Lewis saw the Latin American frontiers as relatively unknown physical spaces as well as unexplored academic “territory.” The authors examine the narrative forms that stirred or rationalized expansion, and emphasize their impact on the native residents. The essays suggest a view of nationalism as a theoretical concept and of frontier expansion as a historical phenomenon.
The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change under Chávez
Is Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution under Hugo Chávez truly revolutionary? Some see the president as a shining knight of socialism, while others see him as an avenging Stalinist strongman. But the Chávez government does not fall easily into a seamless fable of emancipatory or authoritarian history, as these distinguished essays make clear.
Cuban Economic and Social Development: Policy Reforms and Challenges in the 21st Century
The transformation of the Cuban economy over the last decade is only likely to accelerate. In this edited volume, prominent Cuban economists and sociologists present a clear analysis of Cuba’s economic and social circumstances and suggest steps for Cuba to reactivate economic growth and improve the welfare of its citizens.
Portraits of an Invisible Country: The Photographs of Jorge Mario Múnera
Jorge Mario Múnera is renowned in Colombia as one of the most prolific and influential photographers of his generation. Portraits of an Invisible Country comprises a book of essays on his diverse body of work and sixteen photo posters, which together highlight his travels in Colombia and his careful depiction of his countrymen and women.
Reflections on Memory and Democracy
In the twelve essays in Reflections on Memory and Democracy, an interdisciplinary group of contributors explores legacies of authoritarian political regimes noted for repression and injustice, questioning how collective experiences of violence shape memory and its relevance for contemporary social and political life in Latin America.
Social Policies and Decentralization in Cuba: Change in the Context of 21st Century Latin America
Cuba has long been a social policy pioneer, with ambitious policies to address health care, education, employment, the environment, and social inequalities. Yet facing severe economic challenges, the government may look to learn from its Latin American neighbors. Social Policies and Decentralization in Cuba analyzes these issues in depth.
The Cuban Economy in a New Era: An Agenda for Change toward Durable Development
The Cuban Economy in a New Era diagnoses the ills afflicting Cuba’s economy and examines seven areas: macroeconomic policy, central planning, small and medium private enterprises, nonagricultural cooperatives, financing options for the new private sector, state enterprise management, and relations with international financial institutions.
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