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.

FAQ

There are several search options on this web site.

To find issues since 2007 that deal with 10 basic content categories, go to Journal Issues on the main menu.  Select Journals and then select the category you are interested in.  The issues disployed will change to show just those that contain articles in the selected category.

For a list of issue titles from 1974 to 2013, go to Journal Issues-Archives-Search LAP and click on the link provided. (or Search Options –  whichever name you decided to use.)

To search for specific topics, authors, dates, keywords, etc,, go to the cover of any issue shown on the Home or Journal Issues (Journals or Archives/Back Issues) pages and click on the image.   This will connect to the Table of Contents and abstracts for that issue.  Above the Table of Contents on the right are the options “search this journal” and “advanced journal search.”   You can also search by using the “All Issues” link below the LAP banner which allows searching by year of publication from 1974 to the present.

Latin American Perspectives accepts manuscripts for the thematic issues listed in Calls for Manuscripts as well as manuscripts on other topics which will be considered for open issues.  Current Calls for Manuscripts are found under Submit on the main menu. The primary form of submission is a Word document sent via e-mail to lap@ucr.edu with the subject line “Author Name – manuscript submission.” Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words, double-spaced, in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French. Include a cover sheet with the author’s name, contact information, affiliations, an abstract of 150 words, and five keywords. Complete submission information, including Style Guidelines and description of the review process, is found under Submit on the main menu.  Manuscripts and inquiries may also be sent to:

Managing Editor
Latin American Perspectives
P.O. Box 5703
Riverside, CA 92517-5703

Manuscripts may be submitted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French. If you do not write in English with near native fluency, please submit in your first language.  LAP will translate manuscripts accepted in languages other than English.

Latin American Perspectivesis a theoretical and scholarly journal, founded in 1974, 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 analysis from scholars and participants in social change throughout the region. The journal combines studies of economics, political science, sociology, geography, anthropology, international relations, history, philosophy, and culture to offer a vital multidisciplinary view of the powerful forces impacting the lives of people across the Americas. Latin American Perspectives is expecially committed to bringing the work of Latin American scholars to an English-speaking public and to providing a forum for scholars and activists around the world to engage in the most timely analyses of current social issues, structures, and movements and of Latin America’s insertion into the international political and economic system.

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.

“Latin American Perspectives es una publicacíon comprometida con las luchas populares que enriquece las ciencias sociales y, a la vez, descubre para un público de habla inglesa las múltiples contradicciones que caracterizan la cambiante región latinoamericana, sus relaciones, con EEUU y con el resto del mundo. Reúne autores de las corrientes más diversas para enfocar los problemas más relevantes para la mejor comprensión del mundo actual.”

Marco A. Gandásegui, Jr., CELA, Panama

“Durante casi 40 años Latin American Perspectives ha sido una ventana a América Latina, abierta al pensamiento critic y a los diálogos interdisciplinarios. Ninguna otra revista de habla inglesa ha logrado incorporar como autores y editores a tantos intelectuales latinoamericanos. Su publicación bi-mensual ha sido fundamental para mantener los diálogos académicos y politicos entre el norte y el sur de las Américas.

Rosalva Aida Hernández Castillo, CIESAS, Mexico City

“Latin American Perspectives is a wonderful Journal, with a record of outstanding critical research. It helps us to understand the disasters of capitalism in the continent, and the struggles of the oppressed for emancipation.”

Michael Löwy, French National Center for Scientific Research, France

“Latin American Perspectives is even more necessary today than when its voyage began in the 1970s as the region continues to set the pace for global transformation and the search for an alternative to a failed status quo. A must read for the critical thinker/actvist.”

Ronaldo Munck, Dublin City University, Ireland

“Latin American Perspectives se ha convertido a lo largo de los años en una publicacíon indispensable para el conocimiento de los países de America latina y del caribe, analizados de un modo integral, riguroso y critic. En este caso, la duración de la revista da claro testimonio de su importancia y de su vegencia.”

LAP is unique in its democratic, collective management and decision-making.  The Collective of Coordinating Editors is composed of editors from Southern California who attend regular editorial board meetings where decisions on manuscripts are made.  LAP also has approximately 100 other editors in the U.S., Latin America, and elsewhere whose manuscript reviews are used by the Collective in making decisions.

Ronald H. Chilcote, Managing Editor, University of California, Riverside
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Donald Bray, California State University, Los Angeles
Marjorie Bray, California State University, Los Angeles
Rosalind Bresnaham, San Bernardino
William Bollinger, California State University, Los Angeles
Frances B. Chilcote, Laguna Beach
Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli, Soka University of America
Jean Hostetler Díaz, Riverside

Alberto García*, California State University, Northridge
Armando González-Cabán, University of California, Riverside
Timothy F. Harding*, California State University, Los Angeles
Richard Harris*, California State University, Monterey Bay
Jennifer Hughes, University of California, Riverside
George Leddy, Los Angeles Valley College
Sheryl Lutjens*, California State University, San Marcos
Stephanie Moore, Peruvian Oral History Project
Rhonda Neugebauer, University of California, Riverside
Jonathan Ritter, University of California, Riverside
Jan Rus*, CESMECA, San Cristóbal
Ward Schinke, Riverside Community College
Paulo Simões, California State University, Fullerton
Miguel Tinker Salas*, Pomona College
Dolores Treviso, Occidental College
Clare Weber, California State University, Domingo Hills
Kristi M. Wilson, Soka University of America

*On leave, unable to attend editorial meetings.

All issues begin with a prospectus submitted to the LAP Collective.  This proposal should outline the theme of the issue, explain its importance and identify the major theoretical and empirical questions it will address.  These should be consistent with the LAP Mission as found on the website under “About.”  If there are already some papers that might become articles in the issue, they should be identified and short abstracts included.  However, if approved, the issue will be open to all contributors and there is no guarantee that any specific submission will be accepted, even if it has been included in the original prospectus.  Looking at current calls for manuscripts posted on the LAP web site offers the best guidance for preparing a prospectus.  After a prospectus is received, it will be considered by the Coordinating Editors.  If the prospectus theme is approved, there is usually some feedback and request for revisions before a final call for submissions is approved.  A CV of the issue editor(s) should accompany the prospectus.

Feel free to contact Associate Managing Editor Rosalind Bresnahan at rosalind568@gmail.com for additional information on developing a prospectus.

Once a prospectus has been accepted, issue editors play an important role in helping to publicize the issue, review all submissions, and work with authors as they revise.  However, it is not the issue editors’ role to put together a “ready to go” package.  All submissions should come directly to LAP and will go through the LAP review process.  All decisions on acceptances, revisions and rejections are made by the LAP Collective, with particular attention to the input of the issue editors.  However, in some cases, decisions of the Collective may disagree with the recommendations of the issue editors, who may appeal such decisions.

Two years is usually the minimum length of time from acceptance of a prospectus to publication, given that most manuscripts go through several revisions, each requiring review, and we usually send material to copy editing at least 7 months before publication.  LAP publishes 6 issues a year, usually 5 themed issues and one open issue.  At any given time, we may have 10 or more issues in progress at the time of acceptance of a new prospectus.  The actual date of publication of any issue is determined by how quickly the material comes together and how many other finalized issues are awaiting publication.  Sage can publish articles on line before print publication and this counts as official publication for authors dealing with tenure and promotion timelines.

Films and videos suitable for review in LAP are those that contribute to ongoing discussions and debates about transformations of Latin American socio-economic, political and cultural realities. (See LAP Mission Statement ) Films may be any genre – documentary, drama or comedy feature, experimental, etc. – and a review may discuss a single or several related films, for example on a common theme such as immigration or the environment or sharing an approach such as biography or use of archival material.

The objective of the journal is to encourage class analysis of socio-cultural realities and political strategies to transform Latin American sociopolitical structures. We believe film and video contribute to ongoing discussions and debates about such transformations. Top priority will be given to films that address significant issues that have received inadequate discussion or visual representation in the media or that are in sharp dispute. We encourage reviews of the work of established as well as upcoming Latin American filmmakers and/or independent filmmakers whose work is focused on Latin America. We prioritize films with social and artistic merit that have not received U.S. commercial theatrical distribution and are less likely to be known to U.S. audiences. Whenever possible we will attempt to match film reviews to LAP thematic issue topics.  Reviews should address both film form and content but should be written to be comprehensible to a wide audience. All film reviews should be original work, which has not been published in English and is not under consideration for publication in the same or similar form in another publication. As a rule, we limit reviews to work released in the last three years. However, we might also publish dossiers on particular filmmakers, film movements, and film collectives, from time to time, in which case earlier films may be reviewed.

Reviews should run approximately 1,000 words for a single film or 2000 words for reviews of two or three films using paginated double-spaced 12-point text with 1 inch margins, including notes and references.  Manuscripts may be submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.  If you do not write in English with near native fluency, please submit in your first language.  LAP will translate manuscripts accepted in another language. Please follow the LAP style guidelines included in the Manuscript Preparation section of the Submissions tab.

We encourage illustrating reviews with a maximum of four stills submitted as separate attachments.  See the Artwork Submission Guidelines for technical standards.  Reviewers are responsible for securing the rights to film stills from directors or production companies. LAP film review editors will work with authors to select appropriate images for the reviews.

Before submitting a full review, please send a short proposal to the LAP film review editors: Kristi M. Wilson (kwilson@soka.edu) and Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli (tcrowdertaraborrelli@soka.edu) with a copy to the LAP office: laps@ucr.edu

Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal, if accepted by LAP. Please feel free to contact the film review editors with questions pertaining to a proposed review.

Submit completed manuscripts directly to the LAP office as a Word document by e-mail to: laps@ucr.edu with the subject line – “Author’s name – film review [film title]”.