LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES

Latin American Perspectives, founded in 1974, is a theoretical and scholarly journal for discussion and debate on the political economy of capitalism, imperialism, and socialism in the Americas. Most issues focus on a single problem, nation, or region, providing an in-depth look from participants and scholars throughout the Americas.

MISSION

Our objective is to encourage class analysis of sociocultural realities and political strategies to transform Latin American sociopolitical structures. We make a conscious effort to publish a diversity of political viewpoints, both Marxist and non-Marxist perspectives, that have influenced progressive debates in Latin America. Top priority will be given to articles that strike directly at the most important theoretical issues, particularly subjects that have received inadequeate discussion or are in sharp dispute. We also attempt to encourage the work of relatively “unknown” students and scholars, and to bring the work of Latin American scholars to the English-speaking world. Latin American Perspectives welcomes strong views as long as they are backed by cogent arguments, are grounded in Latin American reality, and are written to be comprehensible to a wide audience. Readers’ criticism, comments, and proposals are welcomed.

Capitalism

Issue #218 Jan. 1 2018 Volume 45-1

The distinction between “formal” and “informal” jobs and enterprises was first introduced in the 1970s and has been very widely used ever since.

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Issue #217 Nov. 1 2017 Volume 44-6

Modern slavery and human trafficking affect an estimated 1.8 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean today yet remain significantly understudied given their devastating human consequences.

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Issue #216 Sept. 1 2017 Volume 44-5

In the 1990s Barry Gills, Joel Rocamora, and Richard Wilson directly challenged the democratic-transitions literature by introducing the model of “low-intensity democracy” a largely procedural democracy that allows political opposition, greater individual freedoms, a reduced institutional role for the armed forces, and a more permeable environment for the investments of transnational capital.

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Issue #215 July 1 2017 Volume 44-4

On February 27th 2010, southern Chile was hit by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake followed by several devastating tsunamis. The disaster cost 575 lives and economic losses equivalent to 18% of Chile’s GDP.

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Issue #214 May 2017 Volume 44-3

Urban social movements have contested the conditions under which people live and work in Latin America’s cities. The movements arose in response to the urban and housing policies of the neoliberal state, reflect deep contradictions of class, gender, poverty and informality, and signal the emergence of new forms of citizenship.

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Issue #213 Mar 2017 Volume 44-2

Urban Latin America: Part 2: Planning Latin American Cities: Dependencies and “Best Practices”

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Issue #212 Jan 2017 Volume 44-1

“The Legacy of Hugo Chávez ”

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Issue #209 July 2016 Volume 43-4

“Climate Change in Latin America”

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Issue #208 May 2016 Volume 43-3

“Spirits, Bodies, and Structures: Religion, Politics, and Social Inequality in Latin America”

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Issue #207 Mar 2016 Volume 43-2

“Deconstructing the Post-Neoliberal State: Intimate Perspectives on Contemporary Brazil

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