Designed as an introductory text to popular culture in Latin America, this book details several aspects of Latin American culture as experienced by millions of people living in Central and South America. Throughout the study, the author argues that despite early and considerable European influences on the region, indigenous Latin American traditions still characterize much of the social and artistic heritage of the Latin American countries.Several chapters provide detailed accounts of daily life in Latin America, including descriptions of contemporary dress, mealtime traditions, transportation, and traditional methods of conducting business. Other chapters focus on the cultural significance of the popular music, art, and literature prevalent in each Latin American country.
Arthur A. Natella, Jr., is the chair of the department of foreign languages at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He lectures widely on Latin American and comparative culture topics.