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The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America Readers)

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Long characterized as an exceptional country within Latin America, Costa Rica has been hailed as a democratic oasis in a continent scorched by dictatorship and revolution; the ecological mecca of a biosphere laid waste by deforestation and urban blight; and an egalitarian, middle-class society blissfully immune to the violent class and racial conflicts that have haunted the region. Arguing that conceptions of Costa Rica as a happy anomaly downplay its rich heritage and diverse population, The Costa Rica Reader brings together texts and artwork that reveal the complexity of the countryandrsquo;s past and present. It characterizes Costa Rica as a site of alternatives and possibilities that undermine stereotypes about the regionandrsquo;s history and challenge the idea that current dilemmas facing Latin America are inevitable or insoluble.

This essential introduction to Costa Rica includes more than fifty texts related to the countryandrsquo;s history, culture, politics, and natural environment. Most of these newspaper accounts, histories, petitions, memoirs, poems, and essays are written by Costa Ricans. Many appear here in English for the first time. The authors are men and women, young and old, scholars, farmers, workers, and activists. The Costa Rica Reader presents a panoply of voices: eloquent working-class raconteurs from San Josandeacute;andrsquo;s poorest barrios, English-speaking Afro-Antilleans of the Limandoacute;n province, Nicaraguan immigrants, factory workers, dissident members of the intelligentsia, and indigenous people struggling to preserve their culture. With more than forty images, the collection showcases sculptures, photographs, maps, cartoons, and fliers. From the time before the arrival of the Spanish, through the rise of the coffee plantations and the Civil War of 1948, up to participation in todayandrsquo;s globalized world, Costa Ricaandrsquo;s remarkable history comes alive. The Costa Rica Reader is a necessary resource for scholars, students, and travelers alike.

Synopsis:

This essential introduction to Costa Rica includes more than 50 texts relatedto the country's history, culture, politics, and natural environment.

Synopsis:

An interdisciplinary anthology that includes many primary resources never before published in English.

About the Author

Steven Palmer is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Windsor in Ontario. He is the author of From Popular Medicine to Medical Populism: Doctors, Healers, and Public Power in Costa Rica, 1800andndash;1940 (published by Duke University Press).

Ivandaacute;n Molina is Professor of History at the University of Costa Rica in San Josandeacute;. He is a coauthor of Stuffing the Ballot Box: Fraud, Electoral Reform, and Democratization in Costa Rica.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822333722
Editor:
Palmer, Steven Paul
Editor:
Molina, Ivan
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Palmer, Steven Paul
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Molina, Ivan
Author:
Kirk, Robin
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Publisher:
Duke University Press
Location:
Durham
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Costa rica
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
Government - International
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
World History-Central America
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Latin America readers
Series Volume:
A01A0022
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 b&w photos, 5 illus.
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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History and Social Science » World History » Central America
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