Latin America : the allure and power of an idea / Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo
- Tenorio-Trillo, Mauricio, 1962-
- Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 
- Physical Description:
- 239 pages ; 24 cm
- Language Note:
- Text is primarily in English with some passages in Spanish and Portuguese.
- The basic connotations of an idea -- Iberismo and latinité -- The question of Brazil -- Latino/a and Latin America -- Singing Latinoamérica -- US-centered Latin America, part 1 -- / US-centered Latin America, part 2 -- Latin America abides: but how should historians speak it?
- "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.
- 9780226443065 (cloth ; alk. paper), 022644306X (cloth ; alk. paper), and 9780226443232 (e-book)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-234) and index.
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