Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.-Latin American Relations

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Gilbert Michael Joseph, Catherine LeGrand, Ricardo Donato Salvatore
Duke University Press, 1998 - History - 575 pages
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New concerns with the intersections of culture and power, historical agency, and the complexity of social and political life are producing new questions about the United Statesí involvement with Latin America. Turning away from political-economic models that see only domination and resistance, exploiters and victims, the contributors to this pathbreaking collection suggest alternate ways of understanding the role that U.S. actors and agencies have played in the region during the postcolonial period.

Exploring a variety of nineteenth- and twentieth-century encounters in Latin America, these theoretically engaged essays by distinguished U.S. and Latin American historians and anthropologists illuminate a wide range of subjects. From the Rockefeller Foundationís public health initiatives in Central America to the visual regimes of film, art, and advertisements; these essays grapple with new ways of conceptualizing public and private spheres of empire. As such, Close Encounters of Empire initiates a dialogue between postcolonial studies and the long-standing scholarship on colonialism and imperialism in the Americas as it rethinks the cultural dimensions of nationalism and development.

  

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Contents

The Paradoxes
47
Representational Machines of Informal
69
U S Images of the Andes 1859
107
Marriage Divorce and the Construction of Benevo
139
Publicity Technology and the Illusion
173
Civil War Imperialism Popular Nation
208
The Cult of the Airplane among U S Military Men and Dominicans during
269
Central American Encounters with Rockefeller Public Health 19141921
311
Economy and Culture in a United Fruit Company
333
Gender Culture
369
U S Film Propaganda
400
Food and Nationalism in the Dominican
451
Turning to Culture Emily S Rosenberg
497
Social Fields and Cultural Encounters William Roseberry
515
Contributors
557
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Gilbert M. Joseph is Farnam Professor of History and Director of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University.

Catherine C. LeGrand is Associate Professor of History at McGill University.

Ricardo D. Salvatore is Professor of History at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires.

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