Real World Latin America

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Date of publication:
November 2013

Real World Latin America brings together the best recent reporting on the region from Dollars & Sense and NACLA Report on the Americas. This timely anthology offers diverse perspectives on the profound economic and social transformations taking place in Latin America in recent years.

In its well-researched and accessible articles, Real World Latin America provides a thorough introduction to Latin American economic policies, the region's changing place in the global economy, the dilemmas of development and sustainability, democracy and dictatorship, labor relations, migration, relations with the United States, and resistance and rebellion.

Praise for Real World Latin America:

The editors of Dollars & Sense and NACLA Report on the Americas have done us a great service. This is a timely collection of essays, sophisticated yet highly readable analysis of the most pressing issues facing Latin America today. The book is ideally suited for undergraduate courses on the region, and will be of interest to a broader readership as well.
—Eric Hershberg, Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University

Real World Latin America is an ideal survey text for introductory Latin American studies courses. It covers the vital issues of the region, including democratization, the rise of the Left, economic reform, US-Latin American relations, and migration and its political consequences. Moreover, the volume's breadth takes into account the region's vast diversity and deep-seated inequalities along the lines of class, race/ethnicity, and gender. The two well-respected publications from which the collection is drawn, Dollars & Sense and the NACLA Report on the Americas, offer critical perspectives informed by their long-standing expertise in the region.
—Elisabeth Jay Friedman, Chair, Latin American Studies, University of San Francisco

Latin America is on the move, finding its way towards new approaches to economic development with social justice. Real World Latin America provides a compelling picture of change, political conflict, and the real stakes involved in the region. It is a valuable guide to the contemporary history of the present, inviting readers to stay tuned for more to come.
—Michael A Cohen, Director of the International Affairs Program, New School University

Real World Latin America is an excellent collection of articles, providing students with insightful critiques of Latin American political, economic and social issues. As Latin America continues to undergo dramatic changes and as the relations between the region and the United States continue to be of great importance, students need to hear alternative voices. This collection provides those voices, presenting the issues in an accessible and engaging manner. Real World Latin America will be extremely valuable for students in Latin American studies courses, but also for students with broad interests in international affairs.
—Arthur MacEwan, Professor of Economics (Emeritus), University of Massachusetts, Boston