PODCASTS

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Podcasts feature interviews with issue editors and article authors discussing the content of thematic issues. These conversations usually last approximately 5-15 minutes and give insight into the concerns underlying the issue and provide valuable context for the articles.

  • Urban Latin America: Part 2: Planning Latin American Cities: Dependencies and “Best Practices”
    Mar 1, 2017 – Edited by: Tom Angotti and Clara Irazábal | Urban planning in Latin America reflects the historic dependencies and inequalities of peripheral capitalism. These were amplified by recent neoliberal reforms in housing, transportation and social policy. This issue looks critically at urban reforms in these areas, the role of social movements and the emergence of “best practices” including social urbanism, bus rapid transit, bicycle infrastructure, and participatory budgeting, with more to come in the next LAP issue.
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  • The Legacy of Hugo Chávez
    – Jan 1, 2017 – Edited by: Daniel Hellinger and Anthony Petros Spanakos | The purpose of this special issue is contribute to a better understanding of the possibilities and limits of the Bolivarian project, ranging from democratic innovations to economic experimentation, from alternative economic integration to the role of charisma in revolutionary politics. Contributions include analysis of what it means to be a citizen in a post-neoliberal democracy in Venezuela; the extent to which Chavismo achieved a real redistribution of socio-economic and political power in Venezuela; lessons for other countries dependent upon extraction; what sort of domestic political and economic institutional structures have been developed under Chávez’s government, and how these affect the question of succession and future governability; the sustainability of the Bolivarian project since the decline in oil prices; and the relationship of Venezuela with the United States and other Latin American countries.>>> English Stream MP3  >>> Spanish Stream MP3
  • The Resurgence of Collective Memory, Truth, and Justice Mobilizations Part 3: Culture, Politics, and Social Mobilizations
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    Nov 1, 2016 – Edited by: Roberta Villalón | A second wave of memory, truth and justice mobilizations has been spreading in Latin America since the turn of the century. The push to address unresolved human rights violations perpetrated in the seventies and eighties has grown strong resulting in the (re)opening of trials to perpetrators and a more complex understanding of past and present violence and inequalities. This issue – the last of a three-part series on this matter- complements the previous two.  One half of the articles explores how artistic and cultural expressions help collective memory making and justice seeking in El Salvador, Peru and Chile. The other half looks into the convoluted textures of truth, reconciliation and justice processes in the countries of Chile, Uruguay and Mexico. Theoretically, the scholarship of this issue distinctly contributes to the body of literature on the field by uncovering the politics of framing collective memory from a critical epistemological perspective from the bottom-up. >>> English Stream MP3  >>> Spanish Stream MP3
  • The Resurgence Of Collective Memory, Truth, And Justice Mobilizations Part 2: Art, Culture, And Violence – Sept 1, 2016 – Edited by: Roberta Villalón | Since the turn of the century, various Latin American countries have witnessed a second wave of memory, truth, and justice mobilizations to address unresolved human rights abuses of past military regimes and civil conflicts. This issue—the second of a three-part series on the politics of collective memory—illustrate how artistic and cultural expressions have been created and used to tackle these dilemmas and informed memorialization, justice seeking, and reconciliation in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay. These studies point to how the limitations of democratization, peace, and reconciliation processes have shaken communities into collective mobilization including the use of artistic and cultural means to keep memory alive and push for justice. >>> English Stream MP3  >>> Spanish Stream MP3
  • Climate Change in Latin America – July 1, 2016 – Edited by: Andrea Santelices Spikin and Jorge Rojas Hernández
    This issue provides a counterpoint to the global and diplomatic drama of the Paris climate negotiations by offering a territorialized, bottom-up approach that breaks with the asymmetrical “North-South” logic of (developed) winners and (less developed) losers. The articles describe local governance strategies, based on effective responses rather than victimhood, that suggest a paradigm shift in how to conceptualize citizen particiation, especially in relation to water use and rights.
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  • Spirits, Bodies, and Structures: Religion, Politics, and Social Inequality in Latin America – May 1, 2016 – This special issue of Latin American Perspectives returns to consider the theme of religion and social inequality and the social movements that seek to address religions’ ambivalent legacy across the continent. The articles take up a materialist approach to the subject of religion—they are concerned with the poor and disenfranchised, and not just with their beliefs and religious practices but also with their bodies and earthly fates. Liberation theology continues to shape the political landscape of Latin America, and numerous religious transformations are taking place which may be understood as the afterlives of liberation theology. Evangelical Christian movements, now no longer identified with particular ideologies, insert themselves into the public sphere.  The state is now compelled to account for religions other than Christianity and to respond to the rapid pluralization of religious identities and constituencies across the continent.  >>> English Stream MP3   >>> Spanish Stream MP3
  • Deconstructing the Post-Neoliberal State: Intimate Perspectives on Contemporary Brazil – March 1, 2016 –   >>> – This issue brings together critical contributions to help appreciate some dimensions of the profound impact of the deep socio-economic and political transformations that the Citizen Revolution led by Rafael Correa has been pushing for since its inception in 2007. The main purpose of the issue is to arrive at a global picture of the evolution and  the vicissitudes of the processes of political change in contemporary Ecuador, assess its limits and contradictions from the standpoint of various analytical approaches. It covers such diverse topics as the struggle for power, the reform of state institutions towards a more centralized model, economic and trade policy, change in Ecuador’s approach to international relations, the question of constitutional change, tensions between the government and social movements, socio-environmental conflicts, the new migration agenda, and the question of the post-neoliberalism. >>> English Stream MP3  
  • The Return of the State, New Social Actors, and Post-Neoliberalism in Ecuador – This issue brings together critical contributions to help appreciate some dimensions of the profound impact of the deep socio-economic and political transformations that the Citizen Revolution led by Rafael Correa has been pushing for since its inception in 2007. The main purpose of the issue is to arrive at a global picture of the evolution and  the vicissitudes of the processes of political change in contemporary Ecuador, assess its limits and contradictions from the standpoint of various analytical approaches. It covers such diverse topics as the struggle for power, the reform of state institutions towards a more centralized model, economic and trade policy, change in Ecuador’s approach to international relations, the question of constitutional change, tensions between the government and social movements, socio-environmental conflicts, the new migration agenda, and the question of the post-neoliberalism. >>> English Stream MP3   >>> Spanish Stream MP3
  • China and Latin America: Processes and Paradoxes – How has the increasing economic influence of China, especially since 2000, affected Latin American countries? Has China’s recent impact led to a structural shift in the underlying political economy of the region? Has this effect been, on balance, positive, negative, or too complex to be reducible to a normative analysis? Is it the case that, because of ongoing dynamics and the generation of ever newer accords, reached annually if not biannually between China and various Latin American countries, such an assessment lies only in the future? >>> English Stream MP3   
  • Environmental Violence in Mexico – This issue analyzes the outcomes of the neoliberal restructuring of Mexico in socio-environmental terms. In doing so, the featured articles rely on the critical lenses of political ecology and political economy to show how individual capitals and policy makers use the political, economic and constabulary forces to create asymmetries that will allow for capital accumulation while creating social injustice and environmental degradation. The issue also features the application of natural selection to the issue of sustainability; highlights the consequences of transforming nature into property; criticizes the legitimacy of human rights policies; questions the violence of representing nature; and deals with environmental violence not only as structural but as a direct and brutal kind of violence used for legitimizing neoliberal restructuring while imposing one particular definition of nature and natural resources. >>> English Stream MP3   >>> Spanish Stream MP3
  • Dualties of Latin America – This issue engages in a discussion of the political economy of the Latin American region by means of a wide ranging and trenchant analysis by Argentine scholar Claudio Katz focused on the dualities represented by post-neoliberal and commodities consensus policies and solicited responses from other Latin American experts. Tomas Ocampo, Outreach Coordinator for Latin American Perspectives, interviews Claudio Katz about his featured article, “Dualities of Latin America,” in the July 2015 issue.  >>> Stream MP3
  • Resurgence of Collective Memory, Truth and Justice Mobilizations in Latin America  – excerpt – by Roberta Villalón  This issue analyzes the Resurgence of Collective Memory, Truth and Justice Mobilizations in Latin America that has occurred with the turn of the century – when truth, reconciliation and justice efforts began to be revisited, trials of people involved with violence, torture, abductions, murders and disappearances were (re)opened, and new interpretations and questions of what happened were raised.  By looking into how memory, truth and justice mobilizations reemerged, took shape, morphed, produced new demands, and influenced other policy, legal, and cultural spheres, researchers reflect on preexisting and underlying factors that fueled the processes of counterhegemonic collective memory-making and justice-seeking while exposing their complexities and contradictions.  A unique set of multidisciplinary, transnational and critical scholarship about countries with a longer repertoire of policies and scholarship on memory and justice, like Argentina and Chile, as well as about countries newer to such, like Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, and Uruguay, presents readers with empirically and theoretically rich contributions; relevant for the development of both academic and political knowledge applicable to collective efforts for reconciliation and justice.Armando Alvarez, Outreach Coordinator for Latin American Perspectives, interviews issue editor Roberta Villalón about the May 2015 issue titled “The Resurgence of Collective Memory, Truth, and Justice Mobilizations in Latin America.” >>> Stream MP3
  • Argentina a Decade after the Collapse Part 1: The Causes of the Crisis and Structural Changes – Interview about the January 2015 issue with issue co-editor Pablo Pozzi, Professor of History, Universidad de Buenos Aires and LAP Participating Editor. >>> Stream MP3
  • Indigenous Migration in Mexico and Central America: In the Footsteps of Michael Kearney – Interview about the May 2014 issue with issue co-editor Dolores París, Sociologist and professor-researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. Mexico >>> Stream MP3
  • Imagined Narcoscapes: Narcoculture and the Politics of Representation – Interview about the March 2014 issue with issue editor Miguel A. Cabañas,  Associate Professor of Latin American, global, and Chicano/Latino studies, Michigan State University. >>> Stream MP3
  • Violence Against Women in Latin America – Interview about the January 2014 issue with issue editor Tamar Diana Wilson, research affiliate of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, who has lived in Mexico since 1994. She is an LAP Participating Editor. >>> Stream MP3
  • Latin American Perspectives: A Progressive Collective Intellectual and Its Social Knowledge – Interview about the November 2013 issue with author Jawdat Abu-El-Haj,  Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Federal University of Ceará, LAP participating editor, and LAP Research Fellow, 2012. >>> Stream MP3
  • Reinventing the Lefts in Latin America: Critical Perspectives from Below –  Interview about the July 2013 issue with issue editor Sara C. Motta and authors Bruce Gilbert and Marcela Olivera.  Motta is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia and an LAP Participating Editor.   Gilbert is a Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Olivera is Latin American coordinator of the Water for All Campaign, Food and Water Watch, and helps coordinate VIDA, the inter-American network of water movements. >>> Stream MP3
  • Latin America’s Radical Left in Power: Complexities and Challenges in the Twenty-first Century – Interview about the May 2013 issue with issue editor Steve Ellner and author George Ciccariello-Maher.  Ellner teaches economic history at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela as well as in the university-based Misión Sucre. He is an LAP Participating Editor. Ciccariello-Maher is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drexel University. >>> Stream MP3
  • Urban Latin America: Violence, Enclaves, and Struggles for Land – Interview about the March 2013 issue with issue editor Tom Angotti and author Alfonso Valenzuela Aguilera. Angotti is Professor of Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College and an LAP Participating Editor. Valenzuela is Professor of Urban Planning at the State University of Morelos, Mexico. >>> Stream MP3
  • Political Documentary Film and Video in the Southern Cone (1950s–2000s) – Interview about the January 2013 issue with issue editors Antonio Traverso, Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli and authors Pablo Piedras, and Javier Campo.  Traverso is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at Curtin University, Perth, Australia.  Crowder-Taraborelli is Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies at Soka University of America and an LAP Coordinating Editor. Piedras is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Campo is a researcher on Argentine and Latin American film and the editor of the peer-reviewed magazine Cine Documental. >>> Stream MP3
  • Tourism, Gender, and Ethnicity – Interview about the November 2012 issue withTamar Diana Wilson and Annelou Ypeij.  Wilson is a research affiliate of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, who has lived in Mexico since 1994. She is an LAP Participating Editor. Ypeij is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Latin American Research and Documentation, Amsterdam. >>> Stream MP3