A Political Geography of Latin America by Jonathan R. Barton

By Jonathan R. Barton

The realms and peoples of South and vital the United States, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, that jointly shape the political nation-state of Latin the USA, surround quite a lot of societies, politics and economies. this article exposes the diversities among areas, areas and nations, members and societies, providing a useful perception into the topics of political and monetary improvement, and gives a consultant to realizing energy and area kinfolk. From the Antarctic to the tropical jungles, the coastal groups to the highland villages, the mega-cities to remoted rural lifestyles, the political geographies of lives, localities, towns and rurality are too refined to be subjected to generalizations. Adopting a severe human geography standpoint, Jonathon Barton presents an figuring out of similarities, distinction and complicated human geographies.

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What this reveals is the need to consider a wide range of agents of power in terms of the ways in which they shape the development of spaces. Also with reference to dictatorships and other authoritarian regimes, one must take into account the power of fear. While the tortured and desaparecidos of Brazil and the Southern Cone and the massacred victims of struggles in the Andes and Central America reveal the power linked with armed struggle, another more universal power becomes evident. This is the power of fear, encompassed by Morgenthau’s definition.

As academic constructs, the degree to which these are constraining or liberating constructions is debatable. Within this text, human geography is understood to be a term that encompasses the research undertaken relating to individuals, groups and societies and their activities within space and how space (and perceptions of space) impacts 14 POWER TO THE PEOPLE? upon these activities. Such a broad definition provides considerable leeway for the subdivided components that together constitute human geographical study.

Similar situations have developed in rural areas of the Andes during the 1980s and 1990s in response to terrorism and state violence. It is the recognition of alternatives to state-exercised power that leads to new opportunities for social and political, and thus spatial, changes within 13 POWER TO THE PEOPLE? Latin America. As Orlando Fals Borda (1992, 311) notes with reference to social movements in the continent and their alternative forms of organisation and action: The Machiavellianism of force and maneuvering, the Hegelian excuse of abuses by great men, and the thesis of the means justifying the end, including power itself, are called into question.

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