- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608192725
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Starred Review. As the Great Recession rolled across the globe in 2008, the economies of Latin America proved unexpectedly resilient--a happy occurrence that legal scholar Guardiola-Rivera credits to the majority of Latin American societies veering away from the neoliberal paradigm and the shadow of the empire to the north. Guardiola-Rivera puts this remarkable trend among Latin American countries--a category into which the U.S. is destined for inclusion, with its projected Latino majority by 2040--into the historical context of enduring pre-Columbian values and popular resistance to imperialism among the dispossessed of North and South America (indigenous peoples and African slaves disproportionately among them).The nuanced narrative, while sometimes too theoretically subtle, links broad and localized struggles to current issues of global justice. Such key episodes as the Spanish conquest of Incan society, the multiethnic alliances of slave revolts in England's North American colonies, and the worker-farmer alliances in Bolivia's recent water wars highlight the ongoing clash of human and social values that attend globalization in the Americas.
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“Guardiola-Rivera's What if Latin America Ruled the World? is as broad in its historic sweep as Galeano's classic.” ―Washington Post
“As the Great Recession rolled across the globe in 2008, the economies of Latin America proved unexpectedly resilient--a happy occurrence that legal scholar Guardiola-Rivera credits to the majority of Latin American societies veering away from the neoliberal paradigm and the shadow of the empire to the north. Guardiola-Rivera puts this remarkable trend among Latin American countries--a category into which the U.S. is destined for inclusion, with its projected Latino majority by 2040--into the historical context of enduring pre-Columbian values and popular resistance to imperialism among the dispossessed of North and South America .” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Remarkable, stimulating and illuminating, What if Latin America Ruled the World? is unlike anything I've ever read. It makes the reader feel as if they are spinning in a time capsule through a kaleidoscopic virtual reality from one seminal event to another, from one Latin American country to another, and from there to London, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. This is the kind of book the world needs now, and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is the perfect man to write it--a breathless rollercoaster ride that also offers a brilliantly creative approach to history and geography.” ―Gerald Martin, author of Gabriel García Márquez: A Life
“Oscar Guardiola-Rivera has written a smart, original, provocative, and timely book. He analyzes and pushes beyond the recent leftward turn in Latin American politics and in so doing he offers a hopeful new genealogy of the globalized present.” ―Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History
“Part historical reconstruction, part travelogue, part socio-political prognosis, this book is the single best work I have read on why the 21st century will be the "Century of the Americas," and why the United State is undergoing a quiet and non-violent revolution that is remaking its demographics, as well as its political and economic institutions. Here you will read the history that you were never taught, and why Latin American economies and societies are some of the most vibrant and promising, notwithstanding centuries of exploitation, and why Hispanics are slowly unifying the continent with their post-racial-transnational-cosmopolitan citizenship. This book should be placed next to those of Arciniegas, Galeano, Paz, Ureña, and Zea. Next time Obama, or for that matter any head of state, visits Latin America, this is the book they should be given as a gift. It is certainly one that Hispanics should read if they are interested in why they should not think themselves, or allow themselves to be portrayed, as a problem, but rather as a promise, as a solution, as indispensable forgers of the "America" that is being fashioned for a new century.” ―Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University, author of Global Fragments: Latinamericanisms, Globalizations, and Critical Theory
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Guardiola-Rivera is primarily an analyzer of Comparative Economic Systems versed in the history and development of his area of Latin America and willing to project where that region is headed and why. He deals with Economic History, Monetary Theory, and Economic Development and has a keen eye for the social dynamics that are shaping Latin American countries in new and challenging directions. One analogy he uses is that history has seen dominate power rise and fall and be replaced by new players: Rome by Spain by England by the United States, in turn, and now perhaps by China, but more likely by Brazil and the associated states of South America and the Caribbean in new alliances and organizations that override the OAS, the IMF, and the World Bank that have functioned as agents of primarily American power. China he sets aside as lacking the dynamics of democratic systems. The dynamics he describes are generated by the long transformation of a repressed region and particularly the repressed indigenous and Afro-Indian populations that support the leaders we are seeing in today's news from the region.
If you were raised on the market fundamentalism or neoliberalism notion that `History is Dead' and that Free Market Capitalism and its associated intuitions have resolved all economic issues, then this book will cause you to rock. He takes on the Washington Consensus that has marked dominant policy in the Americas and elsewhere and details its rejection by Latin American thinkers, paying great attention to the reasoning of Raúl Prebisch and his impact in the area; don't miss that.
Who can see into the future? Oscar Guardiola-Rivera may have. What he is describing is revolutionary, and he knows such changes generate resistance that will slow progress but not, he thinks, change direction. His Latin American-dominated world has a gentle and kind aspect that he attributes to the ethic memory of those who have been the abused of the past but are now coming into their own time, which is to say attributes frequently found by anthropologists among indigenous peoples. Let's hope he is correct. One projection he makes seems to be shared in this year of 2013 by both U.S. political parties as they approach Immigration Policy: the USA in time will be yet another Latin American Country.
Guardiola-Rivera's 'What if Latin America Ruled the World?' resembles an Inca quipu through the weaving together of numerous threads of thought, anecdotes, and facts, creating a work of astounding depth and complexity that recontextualises assumed truths regarding the indigenous peoples of the Americas, history, globalisation, and the current market system.
Indeed, 'What if Latin America Ruled the World?' aims to transform our relationship with the dominant cultural models of nations that profitted from the centuries of conquest and colonisation. It also aims to propose what is available and possible by recreating a paradigm virtually lost to much of the modern world wherein community and quality of life lie at the heart of societal interests and activities.
Guardiola-Rivera's writing can be overly ambitious in his attempt to recreate the Inca quipu -- at least, according to how he understands their cultural significance. Some of his sentences seem ambiguous and require more thought than necessary to deduce the intended meaning. All in all, his command of language is extraordinary in both its elegance and power to convey the bigger picture.
'What if Latin America Ruled the World?' probably should not be considered light reading easily completed within a day or even a week. More akin to a philosophical treatise, like the works of Foucault and Heidegger, this book demands time, thought, patience, and discussion. Cursory reading of this book does not do justice to either Guardiola-Rivera's work or the reader himself.