Identity and Modernity in Latin America
17%
off

Identity and Modernity in Latin America

4 (1 rating by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

In this important new book Jorge Larrain examines the trajectories of modernity and identity in Latin America and their reciprocal relationships. Drawing on a large body of work across a vast historical and geographical range, he offers an innovative and wide-ranging account of the cultural transformations and processes of modernization that have occurred in Latin America since colonial times. The book begins with a theoretical discussion of the concepts of modernity and identity. In contrast to theories which present modernity and identity in Latin America as mutually excluding phenomena, the book shows their continuity and interconnection. It also traces historically the respects in which the Latin American trajectory to modernity differs from or converges with other trajectories, using this as a basis to explore specific elements of Latin America's culture and modernity today. The originality of Larrain's approach lies in the wide coverage and combination of sources drawn from the social sciences, history and literature.
The volume relates social commentaries, literary works and media developments to the periods covered, to the changing social end economic structure, and to changes in the prevailing ideologies. This book will appeal to second and third-year undergraduates and Masters level students doing courses in sociology, cultural studies and Latin American history, politics and literature. .
show more

Out of ideas for the holidays?

Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. Shop now .

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 156 x 227 x 14mm | 404g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745626246
  • 9780745626246
  • 882,191

Black Friday Deals Week

Check out this week's discounts for Black Friday Deals Week. Shop now .

Back cover copy

In this important new book Jorge Larrain examines the trajectoriesof modernity and identity in Latin America and their reciprocalrelationships. Drawing on a large body of work across a vasthistorical and geographical range, he offers an innovative andwide-ranging account of the cultural transformations and processesof modernization that have occurred in Latin America since colonialtimes.


The book begins with a theoretical discussion of the concepts ofmodernity and identity. In contrast to theories which presentmodernity and identity in Latin America as mutually excludingphenomena, the book shows their continuity and interconnection. Italso traces historically the respects in which the Latin Americantrajectory to modernity differs from or converges with othertrajectories, using this as a basis to explore specific elements ofLatin America's culture and modernity today.


The originality of Larrain's approach lies in the wide coverage andcombination of sources drawn from the social sciences, history andliterature. The volume relates social commentaries, literary worksand media developments to the periods covered, to the changingsocial end economic structure, and to changes in the prevailingideologies.


This book will appeal to second and third-year undergraduates andMasters level students doing courses in sociology, cultural studiesand Latin American history, politics and literature.



.
show more

Table of contents

IntroductionChapter One: Modernity and IdentityChapter Two: The Colonial Stage: Modernity Denied (1492 - 1810)Chapter Three: Oligarchic Modernity (1810 - 1900)Chapter Four: The End of Oligarchic Modernity (1900 -1950)Chapter Five: Postwar Expansion (1950 - 1970)Chapter Six: Dictatorships and the Lost decade (1970 - 1990)Chapter Seven: The Neo Liberal Stage (1990 onwards)Chapter Eight: Key Elements of Latin American Modernity and IdentityNotesBiblioIndex
show more

Review quote

'I found it an arresting introduction to a rich and vital field of study, novel in its disciplinary perspective, lucidly expressed and delightfully free of the pious neologisms that so often infect cultural studies.' James Dunkerley, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. 'Despite its historic New-World status, Latin America's claim to modernity has always been tenuous ... Jorge Larrain's history of Latin American modernity traces the evolution of this concept with that of identity, the collective cultural essence of Latin Americanness.' Times Higher Education Supplement
show more

About Jorge Larrain

Jorge Larrain is Professor of Social Theory in the Department of Cultural Studies and Sociology in the University of Birmingham, UK, and Head of the Department of Social Sciences in Alberto Hurtado University, Santiago, Chile
show more

Rating details

1 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 100% (1)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X