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Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise: A Multidisciplinary Introduction Paperback – August 3, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0813344003 ISBN-10: 081334400X Edition: Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081334400X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813344003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Previous Editions
“Jan Knippers Black’s revised fourth edition updates this reader to include modern issues ranging from the traumatic impact of drugs to debt, threats to distinctive ecological zones, new populist political parties and social movements and their attendant social and economic crisis, and more. This book continues to be a popular reader for classroom use.”
—Colonial Latin American Historical Review

"Prof. Jan Knippers Black’s updated textbook is the ideal resource for any interdisciplinary survey of Latin America. It’s new chapters are especially welcome in the sense that the more current trends in interdisciplinary research on Latin America are brought to the reader’s attention clearly and forcefully. The regional comprehensiveness of the book is preserved in the current edition, and its thoughtful division between content areas and country case studies successfully addresses competing visions of how the region should be studied, and its organizational structure provides excellent material for debating and critiquing the pedagogies of Latin American Studies."
—James D. Huck, Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies

"This provocative textbook offers comprehensive articles on Latin America by some leading experts in the field. They cover all the major issues and countries, including historical background as well as recent events."
—Paul Drake, Dean of Social Sciences, University of California, San Diego

"Will provide undergraduates with a broad understanding of the evolution of the issues and theoretical frameworks that have been at the center of this field of study."
—Journal of Third World Studies

"This is a superb collection of essays on the Latin American reality in the age of globalization. Eminently accessible, timely, and informative, this is an ideal primer for the classroom or simply for those seeking a well-rounded overview of Latin American affairs."
—William I. Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara.

"For the fourth edition of Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise, Jan Knippers Black has assembled an impressive line-up of academic and policy experts from a variety of disciplines. The result is a stellar array of articles that make this far and away the best interdisciplinary introduction to Latin America on the market. The chapters are concise and compelling, perfect for undergraduates; the up-to-date analysis of current events and trends will satisfy and inform even the most demanding instructors."
—Robert Buffington, Bowling Green State University

About the Author

Jan Knippers Black is professor of international policy studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, a Graduate School of Middlebury College. She has authored or edited numerous books, including Development in Theory and Practice: Paradigms and Paradoxes, Second Edition (Westview Press).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Jan Knippers Black edits the fifth updated edition of LATIN AMERICA: ITS PROBLEMS AND ITS PROMISE, providing a multidisciplinary approach for college-level students of Latin American issues. Three new chapters on Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico and updates with new materials on different Latin nations' developments make this a powerful introduction to the latest Latin American political issues. Very highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bostonborn on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
i own this book and know it by heart! highly recommended due to its pictures an tips.
the print is easy to read too and it was my favorite gift before traveling to south america.
got a good idea of where i wanted to go.
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