Latin America: The Allure And Power Of An Idea

Hardcover | April 5, 2017

byMauricio Tenorio-Trillo

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“Latin America” is a concept firmly entrenched in its philosophical, moral, and historical meanings. And yet, Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo argues in this landmark book, it is an obsolescent racial-cultural idea that ought to have vanished long ago with the banishment of racial theory. Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea makes this case persuasively.

Tenorio-Trillo builds the book on three interlocking steps: first, an intellectual history of the concept of Latin America in its natural historical habitat—mid-nineteenth-century redefinitions of empire and the cultural, political, and economic intellectualism; second, a serious and uncompromising critique of the current “Latin Americanism”—which circulates in United States–based humanities and social sciences; and, third, accepting that we might actually be stuck with “Latin America,” Tenorio-Trillo charts a path forward for the writing and teaching of Latin American history. Accessible and forceful, rich in historical research and specificity, the book offers a distinctive, conceptual history of Latin America and its many connections and intersections of political and intellectual significance. Tenorio-Trillo’s book is a masterpiece of interdisciplinary scholarship.

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“Latin America” is a concept firmly entrenched in its philosophical, moral, and historical meanings. And yet, Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo argues in this landmark book, it is an obsolescent racial-cultural idea that ought to have vanished long ago with the banishment of racial theory. Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea makes thi...

Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo is the Samuel N. Harper Professor of history at the University of Chicago and associate professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City. He is the author of many books including I Speak of the City: Mexico City at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, also published by the University of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 5, 2017Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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“Latin America is one of those rare books that can fundamentally alter your understanding of a whole field. The basic idea is simple enough: under the deceptive clarity of geography there is a thick cultural history, a host of conflicts that crystalize in the name of Latin America—and we reveal much about ourselves, unknowingly, when we use it. All the excitement, and the pleasure, is in the details. Latin America is a major work by a mature scholar: deep, moving, passionate, nuanced, and erudite, but also lighthearted and truly funny at times. Only a handful of historians, and none in his generation, command the massive amount of knowledge about the continent that Tenorio does—in six languages. Add to it a sparkling, smiling prose, and a warm sense of humor. It is what every history book should aspire to be.”