Sociology of Economic Change: Latin American Responses to Global Capitalism|
Fall 2015 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
Global markets, imperialism, and global capital have shaped the relative wealth of the Americas for centuries. Latin America today has the highest levels of income inequality in the world and a great diversity of economic structures, from Cuba, one of the last socialist states, to Chile, a model of free-market, export-led development. Latin America is an ideal case to study the influence of imperialism, state vs. market control of the economy, and current trends such as neoliberalism, free trade, and fair trade on economic development. This class examines the rise and fall of economies in Latin America since the conquest with a focus on developments from World War II to the present. We will explore conflicting theoretical perspectives such as world-systems theory, dependency theory, and neoclassical economics. We will read about the influence of class, culture, local elites, labor movements, multinational development institutions, and global capital. We will critically examine the influences of colonialism, import substitution, industrialization, the shifts between democracy and dictatorship, austerity measures, and the current left turn in Latin American politics. We will end this class with an in-depth look at the debates around free trade, fair trade, international solidarity movements, worker cooperatives, and traditional labor movements.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)(SISP-Soc Conc)(SOC)
Galeano, Eduardo, OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA: FIVE CENTURIES OF THE PILLAGE OF A CONTINENT, 1997, Monthly Review Press
Thorp, Rosemary, PROGRESS, POVERTY AND EXCLUSION: AN ECONOMIC HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, 1998, Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank (September 18, 1998)
Bergquist, Charles, LABOR IN LATIN AMERICA: COMPARATIVE ESSAYS ON CHILE, ARGENTINA, VENEZUELA, AND COLUMBIA, 1986, Stanford University Press
Seidman, Gay, MANUFACTURING MILITANCE: WORKERS' MOVEMENTS IN BRAZIL AND SOUTH AFRICA, 1970-1985, University of California Press, 1994
Dornbusck, Rudgier and Edwards, Sebastian, THE MACROECONOMICS OF POPULISM IN LATIN AMERICA (A NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH CONFERENCE REPORT), 1992, University of Chicago Press.
Talbot, John M., GROUNDS FOR AGREEMENT: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE COFFEE COMMODITY CHAIN, 2004, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Bunker, Stephen G. and Ciccantell, Paul S., GLOBALIZATION AND THE RACE FOR RESOURCES (THEMES IN GLOBAL SOCIAL CHANGE), 2005, The Johns Hopkins University Press
Jaffee, Dan, BREWING JUSTICE: FAIR TRADE COFFEE, SUSTAINABILITY, AND SURVIVAL, 2007, University of California Press
Klein, Naomi, NO LOGO: TAKING AIM AT THE BRAND BULLIES, 2000, Picador USA
Fernandez-Kelly, Maria Patricia, FOR WE ARE SOLD, I AND MY PEOPLE: WOMEN AND INDUSTRY IN MEXICO'S FRONTIER, 1983, State University of New York Press
Collins, Jane L., THREADS: GENDER, LABOR, AND POWER IN THE GLOBAL APPAREL INDUSTRY, 2003, University Of Chicago Press
And additional readings from: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Ricardo, and Prebisch
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4-5 papers for the semester
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