The Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies


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Highlights of the Spring - Fall 2016 Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies include:

- Examining the peace process in Colombia with Sergio Fajardo, and on the ground with Berkeley's Lauren Withey;

- CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken looks at trade and jobs after the TPP;

- René Davids analyzes the interaction between topography, geography, and Latin American cities.

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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken hits the highlights of this Spring - Fall 2016 issue of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

How to build hope in a war-torn region where "every Colombian alive has suffered violence"? Sociologist James Geraldo Lamb profiles Colombian politican Sergio Fajardo's mission to restore peace to his country.

In October of 2016, Colombian citizens rejected a referendum to ratify a peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Lauren Withey explores the background and perspectives of both sides of the vote.

CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken reorients the conversation from "free trade vs. protectionism" to "inclusive trade vs. corporate protectionism." In this reality, unbalanced trade agreements may lead to higher productivity, but also result in a polarized economy and an unequal society.

Judicial independence is necessary to limit corruption and ensure a functioning constitutional democracy. Javier Couso analyzes characteristics of autonomous courts in Latin America.

Civil society and human rights have been systematically dismantled in the wake of the 2009 military coup. Rosemary Joyce and Russell Sheptak discuss the deaths of LGBTQ, women's rights, and environmental activists, most notably Berta Cáceres.

80% of people in Latin America live in cities. Architect René Davids provides an account of how the topographical settings and pre-Colombian use patterns of these cities have influenced modern urban infrastructure.

Sociologist Angelina Snodgrass Godoy has poured through declassified archives to find information about people who were disappeared during the Salvadoran armed conflict. She writes about her research process and how "recognition can come to constitute a form of reparation." 

The 1937 massacre of Dominicans of Haitian descent is arguably the largest mass murder in the Americas that targeted people of African descent in the 20th century. Historian Edward Paulino exposes the history of this event and his responsibility to respond to it as part of the Dominican diaspora.

Sociologist Tianna Paschel examines the creation of black political subjects in Colombia and Brazil. She traces how black social movements succeeded in changing legislation to recognize certain rights of black communities, and questions how those political developments translate to real change on the ground.

70 years ago, Gabriela Mistral won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Soledad Falabella sheds light on Mistral's mastery of poetic form and commitment to social and ethical causes.

Lines from Mistral's "La Bailerina," with a photo by Hernán Piñera.