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Modernity in Latin America



  • How did urbanization affect Latin America?
  • How did mass consumer culture affect Latin America?

Required Reading

  • Sandra Aguilar-Rodriguez, “Cooking Modernity,” The Americas (2007), JSTOR
  • “The Metamorphosis of Marginality: Four Generations in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro,” Janice E. Perlman, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 606, Chronicle of a Myth Foretold: The Washington Consensus in Latin America (Jul., 2006), pp. 154-177, JSTOR

Further Reading

  • Chapters 1 and 2 of Alexis McCrossen, Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the United States–Mexico Borderlands
  • Natalia Milanesio, Workers go Shopping in Argentina, The Rise of Popular Consumer Culture
  • Oscar Lewis, “Urbanization without Breakdown: A Case Study,” The Scientific Monthly, Vol. 75, No. 1 (Jul., 1952), pp. 31-41, JSTOR
  • Julio Moreno, Yankee don't go home! : Mexican nationalism, American business culture, and the shaping of modern Mexico, 1920-1950
  • Oscar Lewis, Five Families
  • Oscar Lewis, Children of Sanchez
  • Larissa Lomnitz, Networks and Marginality
  • Janice Perlman, The Myth of Marginality
  • Joel Wolfe, Autos and Progress