|aUnderstanding: introductions to the states and regions of the contemporary world
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aIntroduction / Richard S. Hillman -- Latin America : a geographic preface / Marie Price -- The historical context / René de la Pedraja -- Latin American politics / Thomas J. D'Agostino -- The military / Paul W. Zagorski -- The economies of Latin America / Scott G. McKinney -- International relations / Cleveland Fraser -- The environment, population, and urbanization / Jacquelyn Chase and Susan E. Place -- Patterns of "race," ethnicity, class, and nationalism / Kevin A. Yelvington -- Women, work, and politics / Susan Tiano -- Education and development / Stephen Franz and Robert F. Arnove -- Religion in Latin America / Hannah Stewart-Gambino -- Latin American literature / David H. Bost and Angélica Lozano-Alonso -- Trends and prospects / Richard S. Hillman.
|aThis new edition of Understanding Contemporary Latin America has been thoroughly revised to reflect many significant events and trends of the past six years. The book includes entirely new chapters on economics and religion, as well as extensively updated material on politics, the military, international relations, environmental issues, nationalism, the role of women, and more. It is an indispensable introduction, both descriptive and analytical, to complexities of contemporary Latin America.