Latin America and the Caribbean: Lands and Peoples

Paperback | January 12, 2012

byDavid L. Clawson

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Latin America and the Caribbean is the market-leading text for courses in the geography of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Dr. Clawson's book is widely respected for its currency, clarity, authority, and rich visual and mapping program. The thematic organization of thetext highlights the commonalities in a highly diverse, rapidly changing region, making it more comprehsible for students and instructors.

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Latin America and the Caribbean is the market-leading text for courses in the geography of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Dr. Clawson's book is widely respected for its currency, clarity, authority, and rich visual and mapping program. The thematic organization of thetext highlights the commonalities in a highl...

David L. Clawson is an Emeritus Professor at the University of New Orleans. He is the author of Latin America and the Caribbean, previously published by McGraw-Hill. He is also the editor of World Regional Geography: A Development Approach (2006, Prentice Hall).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. The Changing Face of Latin America and the CaribbeanGeography and Regional Studies Delimiting Latin America and the CaribbeanLatin American and Caribbean SubregionsPart I: Physical Geography2. Landform Regions of Latin America and the CaribbeanThe Eastern HighlandsThe Central LowlandsThe Western Alpine SystemRecent Earthquake and Volcanic ActivityCase Study 2.1: The El Salvador EarthquakesPhysiographic Regions of the AndesPhysiographic Regions of Central AmericaPhysiographic Regions of Mexico and the Caribbean3. Weather and ClimateControls of ClimateTemperaturesAltitudeOcean CurrentsLatitudePrecipitationContinentalityAtmospheric Pressure BeltsPrevailing Winds and Orographic EffectsHurricanesCase Study 3.1: Hurricane Mitch4. Natural RegionsTropical Rain ForestCase Study 4.1: Biodiversity and the Tropical Rain ForestTropical and Temperate SavannaDesertSteppeHumid SubtropicalMediterraneanMarine West Coast Rain ForestHighlandPart II: Cultural Patterns5. Iberian Heritage, Conquest, and InstitutionsLatin America's Roman HeritageIslam in IberiaSpanish Responses to Islamic RuleThe Spanish ReconquestThe Conquest and Settlement of Latin AmericaMexico and Central AmericaSouth AmericaThe Colonial EraThe Mercantile SystemThe Encomienda SystemDecline of Spanish Influence in the Greater Caribbean BasinPeninsular-Creole DivisionsIndependence and the Republican PeriodConservative-Liberal SchismsCaudillismoPolitical Maturation in the Late Twentieth Century6. Political ChangeMexicoCentral AmericaGuatemalaBelizeHondurasEl SalvadorNicaraguaCosta RicaPanamaThe Greater AntillesCubaJamaica HaitiDominican RepublicPuerto RicoAndean South AmericaVenezuelaColombiaEcuadorCase Study 6.1: Colombia's Violent Drug WarPeruBoliviaSouthern South AmericaChileParaguayArgentinaUruguayBrazilThe GuianasGuyanaSurinameFrench Guiana7. Race, Ethnicity, and Social ClassNative Population Levels at the Time of the ConquestNative American Civilizations on the Eve of the ConquestWestern Highland PeoplesThe AztecsThe MayaThe ChibchaThe IncaCase Study 7.1: Native Animals of the AndesThe Southern Andean IndiansEastern Lowland PeoplesThe Southern HuntersThe Tropical Forest DwellersCommon Indian TraitsImpacts of European Conquest and SettlementCauses of Indian DepopulationAftermath of the ConquestBlacks in the New WorldAntecedents of Latin American Black SlaveryThe African Slave TradeLiving Conditions in the New WorldForms of Slave ResistanceAbolitionCase Study 7.2: Maroon Societies in Latin AmericaEast Asians in the CaribbeanRacial MixingThe Evolution of Social RacesRacial WhiteningRacism and its RamificationsCase Study 7.3: Indian Homelands and the MesoamericanBiological CorridorCurrent Racial PatternsMexico and Central AmericaSouth AmericaThe Caribbean8. Latin America as a Culture RegionHonor and Shame: Individual Identity and Self-WorthMachismoMarianismoReproduction and HonorPersonalismoCase Study 8.1: The Hidden Costs of CorruptionSocioeconomic ClassesThe Upper ClassCase Study 8.2: The Perpetuation of Oligarchical Power in a Central American NationThe Middle ClassThe Lower ClassConsequences of Social RigidityFatalism and LuckDual Educational SystemsFamily LifeStreet ChildrenPossible ResponsesStatus of WomenCase Study 8.3: Women and the Informal Economic SectorOther Elements of CultureLiterature and PoetryArchitecture, Painting, and SculptureMusicSportsMass Media and Tempo of Living9. ReligionReligious Practice in Indigenous AmericaMedieval Iberian Catholicism on the Eve of the ConquestThe Spiritual Conquest of the New WorldReligious SyncretismMarianism and the Cult of the Virgin MotherCase Study 9.1: Cuzco's Lord of the EarthquakesChallenges to Colonial CatholicismThe Economic and Political Power of the Church in the Colonial and Republican PeriodsThe Current Status of Latin American CatholicismSubtypes of Latin American CatholicismForms of African Folk Catholicism Case Study 9.2: Jamaican RastafarianismNon-Catholic Faiths in Latin America and the CaribbeanHinduism and IslamJudaismCase Study 9.3: Vent Prieta: A Jewish Community in MexicoProtestantismCharacteristics of and Challenges to Latin American ProtestantismThe Catholic Counter-ReformationPart III: Economic Patterns10. Agriculture and Agrarian DevelopmentCase Study 10.1: Waru Waru AgricultureImpact of the European ConquestEnclave EconomiesHaciendasEstanciasPlantationsSugar Cane in the CaribbeanCoffee in Colombia, Central America, and BrazilBananas in Central America and EcuadorThe Plantation ControversySmallholder AgricultureCommon Attributes of Smallholder AgriculturistsSlash and Burn AgriculturePeasant AgricultureAgrarian ReformNew Land ColonizationAgriculture ModernizationExpansion of Commercial AgriculturePlant Production Animal HusbandryTree FarmingFishingCase Study 10..2: Harvest Strip ForestryNarcotic Drug Production11. Mining, Manufacturing, and TourismPre-conquest Mining and ManufacturingMining and Manufacturing in Colonial Latin AmericaSilver MiningImpact of AmalgamationLabor Supply Gold and Diamond Mining in Colonial BrazilOther Colonial Mining CentersImpacts of MiningManufacturing in Colonial AmericaCase Study 11.1: Mining and Regional Development in Colonial Latin AmericaMining and Manufacturing During the Early Republican PeriodBeginnings of Modern ManufacturingCase Study 11.2: "Big Bill" Greene and American Industrialization in Northern MexicoThe Great Depression and Import Substitution IndustrializationGrowth Poles and the Spatial Concentration of IndustryChile and the Arica Automobile Manufacturing ExperimentBrazil: Large-Scale Regional Development and UnderdevelopmentVenezuela: Growth Pole Development in a Frontier SettingState Ownership and PrivatizationExport Promotion Manufacturing: An Alternative Development ModelPuerto Rico's Operation BootstrapThe Mexican Maquiladora IndustryOther Export Promotion InitiativesCase Study 11.3: Offshore Caribbean Financial Services IndustriesCurrent Industrialization PatternsEnergy Reserves and DevelopmentHydroelectric Power GenerationRenewable Organic FuelsTourism12. Urbanization, Population Growth, and MigrationNative American UrbanizationColonial European SettlementColonial Urban PrimacyFunctional Classification of CitiesMorphology of the Colonial CitySettlement in Portugese AmericaRural SettlementsLate Colonial Population LevelsThe Republican PeriodCase Study 12.1: Confederate Settlements in Latin America and the CaribbeanThe Twentieth CenturyThe Demographic Transition ModelUrbanizationCity Size in the Modern EraUrban PrimacyMorphology of the Modern CityCase Study 12.2: Social Expressions of the Latin American PlazaThe Inner City: Zone of Commercial High-Rises and Low Income TenementsPeripheral Squatter SettlementsCase Study 12.3: Planned Squatter Settlement InvasionsUrban Population DensitiesNew CitiesMigrationInterregional FlowsMigration between Latin American and Caribbean CountriesMigration to Europe and Anglo AmericaPolitical RefugeesThe Brain DrainRemittancesConclusions: Are Latin America and the Caribbean Overpopulated?13. Development and HealthEconomic Development and Underdevelopment During the Colonial and Republican PeriodsThe International Financial CycleRecurring Economic CrisesThe Lost DecadeForeign IndebtednessInflationCurrency DevaluationEconomic Stagnation and Human SufferingFiscal Restructuring and AusterityCase Study 13.1: IMF Austerity Measures and Civil Unrest in Latin America and the CaribbeanThe Found DecadeRegional and Subregional Economic UnionsCase Study 13.2: Structural Reform and Argentine Economic and Political TurmoilCentral American Common MarketAndean CommunityCaribbean CommunitySouthern Cone Common MarketNorth American Free Trade AssociationFree Trade Area of the AmericasHealth and Nutritional Development in Latin America and the CaribbeanProvision of Clean Water and Sewage TreatmentCase Study 13.3: The Latin American Cholera EpidemicFood and NutritionChild Mortality RateHealth and the Physical-Cultural EnvironmentTropical LowlandsHighlandsUrban CentersCase Study 13.4: Environment and Health in Mexico CityRural Regions