Reclaiming the Political in Latin American History is a collection that embraces a new social and cultural history of Latin America that is not divorced from politics and other arenas of power. True to the intellectual vision of Brazilian historian Emilia Viotti da Costa, one of Latin America's most distinguished scholars, the contributors actively revisit the political-as both a theme of historical analysis and a stance for historical practice-to investigate the ways in which power, agency, and Latin American identity have been transformed over the past few decades.
Taking careful stock of the state of historical writing on Latin America, the volume delineates current historiographical frontiers and suggests a series of new approaches that focus on several pivotal themes: the construction of historical narratives and memory; the articulation of class, race, gender, sexuality, and generation; and the historian's involvement in the making of history. Although the book represents a view of the Latin American political that comes primarily from the North, the influence of Viotti da Costa powerfully marks the contributors' engagement with Latin America's past. Featuring a keynote essay by Viotti da Costa herself, the volume's lively North-South encounter embodies incipient trends of hemispheric intellectual convergence.
Contributors. Jeffrey L. Gould, Greg Grandin, Daniel James, Gilbert M. Joseph, Thomas Miller Klubock, Mary Ann Mahony, Florencia E. Mallon, Diana Paton, Steve J. Stern, Heidi Tinsman, Emilia Viotti da Costa, Barbara Weinstein
Gilbert M. Joseph is Farnam Professor of History and Director of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University and Editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review. Most recently he has coedited Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.-Latin American Relations and Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940, also published by Duke University Press.
Acknowledgments I. The Politics of Writing Latin American History Reclaiming "the Political" at the Turn of the Millennium / Gilbert M. Joseph New Publics, New Politics, New Histories: From Economic Reductionism to Cultural Reductionism--in Search of Dialectics / Emilia Viotti da Costa Between Tragedy and Promise: The Politics of Writing Latin American History in the Late Twentieth Century / Steve J. Stern II. The Contestation of Historical Narratives and Memory The Decline of the Progressive Planter and the Rise of Subaltern Agency: Shifting Narratives of Slave Emancipation in Brazil / Barbara Weinstein A Past to Do Justice to the Present: Collective Memory, Historical Representation, and Rule in Bahia's Cacao Area / Mary Ann Mahony Revolutionary Nationalism and Local Memories in El Salvador / Jeffrey L. Gould III. Articulating the Political: The Intersection of Class, Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Generation The Flight from the Fields Reconsidered: Gender Ideologies and Women's Labor After Slavery in Jamaica / Diana Paton A More Onerous Citizenship: Illness, Race, and Nation in Republican Guatemala / Greg Grandin Nationalism, Race, and the Politics of Imperialism: Workers and North American Capital in the Chilean Copper Industry / Thomas Miller Klubock Good Wives, Bad Girls, and Unfaithful Men: Sexual Negotiation and Labor Struggle in Chile's Agrarian Reform, 1964-73 / Heidi Tinsman IV. Historians and the Making of History Bearing Witness in Hard Times: Ethnography and Testimonio in a Postrevolutionary Age / Florencia E. Mallon Afterword: A Final Reflection on the Political / Daniel James Contributors Index