Introduction to Latin America provides a completely new introduction to the political, social and economic forces shaping this essential region of undergraduate study today. It is the first textbook to place Latin America within a genuinely global context and introduce the debates and impact of globalization, neoliberalism, democratization, and the environment.

Political Strains
Political strains

In covering the neoliberal reformation, the four chapters of Section II have outlined the principal features of the structural context in which Latin Americans find themselves at the beginning of the twenty-first century. As mentioned in Chapter 1, sociologists use the term ‘structure’ to refer to what can be called the given ‘objective’ realities facing actors, be they individuals (such as political leaders) or, more often, collective actors such as political parties, trade unions or social movements.1Section III, on political responses to the neoliberal reformation, concentrates on what sociologists call ‘agency’, namely the potential for actors to change the given structural situation. It describes various ways in which Latin Americans are responding to the new globalized world in which they find themselves. ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles