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English-Speaking Communities in Latin Americaby Oliver Marshall
Synopses & Reviews
Since Independence at the beginning of the 19th century, Latin America has maintained close links with Britain. This book examines the cultural and social implications of the relationship through a series of case-studies that focus on British, Irish, and West Indian immigrants and their descendants in Mexico, Central, and South America. The contributors—historians, anthropologists, and sociolinguists—explore the past, present, and putative future of English-speaking communities in Latin America and the relationships with their host societies.
Book News Annotation:
Historians, anthropologists, and sociolinguists, mostly from anglophone countries, examine British, Irish, and West Indian immigrants and their descendants in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean Basin, and consider the future of English-speaking communities in Latin America and their relationship with their host societies. The 14 studies include discussions of the speculative-to- substantive boom in Mexico from 1821 to 1911, the British and their descendants in Chilean Patagonia, and stages in the evolution of a cultural identity among the Bay Islands English. They overlap some with a March 1997 conference in London.
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Since independence, Latin America has maintained close links with Britain. This book examines past, present and putative future cultural and social implications of the relationship through case studies focusing on English-speaking immigrants and their descendants throughout Latin America.
About the Author
Oliver Marshall is an independent writer/researcher based in London.
Table of Contents
Part I: Origins * A Community of Purpose: British Cultural Influence during the Spanish American Wars for Independence--Karen Racine * The British Community of Bahia, Brazil, 1810-1883--Louise Guenther * From Speculative to Substantive Boom: The British in Mexico, 1821-1911--Barbara A. Tenenbaum & James N. McElveen * The Formation of Hiberno-Argentine Society--Patrick McKenna * Conflicts in the Pailón: The British Experience in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador, 1860-1914--Geoffrey Fisher * Part II: Argentina * The Anglo-Argentines: Work, Family and Identity (1860-1914)--Deborah Jakubs * New Nations and Old Identities: The Anglo-Argentines and the South Atlantic Conflict--Florencia Cortés-Conde * Part III: Chile * The British Communities in Nineteenth-Century Chile: Engagement and Isolation--John Mayo * The British and their Descendants in Chilean Patagonia--Laurie Nock * Part IV: Imagining Brazil: The Recruitment of English Laborers as Brazilian Colonos --Oliver Marshall * British Football with a Brazilian Beat: The Early History of a National Pastime (1894-1933)--Darién J. Davis * Part V: Caribbean Basin * The Bay Islands English: Stages in the Evolution of a Culture Identity--Ross A. Graham * Identity in Transition: From West Indian Immigrant to Afro-Costarricense--Ronald N. Harpelle * San Adrés: An Islander Comeback?--Jim Ross
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