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  • ICAA Record ID
    838924
    AUTHOR
    Rouquié, Alain
    TITLE
    Avan-propos / Alain Rouquié
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 9 - 14, 15 - 35, 425 - 432.
    LANGUAGES
    French
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Rouquié, Alain. "Avan-propos." In  Amérique Latine: Introduction A L Extreme-Occident, 9 - 14, 15 - 35, 425 - 432. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1987.
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Synopsis

These passages by Alaine Rouquié, a French political scientist, are excerpted from his book, Amérique latine. Introduction à l’Extrême-Occident (1989). Rouquié considers the lack of unity in Latin America and the problems encountered when using the term “Latin American,” as attributable to geographical and cultural problems. Rouquié also considers the complexities of the term “Latin”; for example, he explains that its usage can be questioned in Guatemala where half the population is of Mayan descent and speaks Maya-Quiché. He comments that the construct of Latin America is “neither entirely cultural nor specifically geographical.” While arguing the idea of Latin America not being united, he also argues that the region is linked in its unique economic relationship with the United States. He describes the continent as a “peripheral America” that has been invented by and belongs to Western culture. Rouquié also describes social tensions and the economic disparities between social classes. 

Annotations

The following passages are excerpts from the book by French political scientist and former ambassador to Brazil (2000–03), Alain Rouquié, who has written prolifically on Latin America throughout his long career. Rouquié published this text in Paris in 1987 (Paris, aux Éditions du Seuil); this translation, however, is from a 1997 reprint (Paris, aux Éditions du Seuil). There is also a widely popular Spanish edition, America Latina: introduccion al Extremo Occidente (first edition, Mexico City: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 1989).

Researcher
Héctor Olea, María C. Gaztambide, ICAA; Esmeralda Salinas, collaborator.
Team
International Center for the Arts of the Americas, MFAH, Houston, USA
Credit
Alain Rouquie, América Latina— Introducción al Extremo Occidente. México, D.F.: Siglo XXI Editores, 2004 © siglo xxi editores, s.a. de c.v.