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THE FUTURE OF LATIN AMERICA / Vol. 36, No. 2 (Summer 1969)

Table of Contents

 

Arthur Vidich

Special Editor's Note: The Future of Latin America

When I asked the contributors to this issue to write essays dealing with the future of Latin America, my objective was to provide them with a vehicle for the expression of unconventional ideas and interpretations. My impression has been that recent analyses of Latin America, whether the political outlook be from the right, the left or the middle, have hardened into stereotyped positions which no longer reflect reality.

 

Ronald M. Glassman

The Limiting Social and Structural Conditions for  Latin American Modernization

In order to understand the future of Latin America, one must first understand the modernization process that has been occurring in Latin America for the past half century. Latin America shares some of the characteristics that are typically found in developing countries. But the milieu in which these characteristics have evolved is quite different in Latin America.

 

James Petras

Class Structure and Its Effects on Political Development

This essay will attempt to synthesize some of the relevant findings on class structure and politics and to speculate on the future prospects of some of the significant strata in Latin America. We will discuss primarily the political behavior of classes and segments within each class and the impact of inter- and intra-class relationships on political development.

 

David E. Mutchler

Adaptations of the Roman Catholic Church to Latin American Development: The Meaning of Internal Church Conflict

The role of elites in fostering, restarting or merely implementing social and economic development has become a major concern of sociologists and other analysts of social change. Pareto’s contention that societies could be “graded” on a modernism scale according to the rapidity of circulation of their classes gave promise of a theory of development which might provide indices for objective measurement and provide functional hypotheses to explain the sources of stability and tension within a given society.

 

Covey T. Oliver

Physical Integration and the Future of Latin America

I see the United States as reformist and liberal in its hopes and expectations for Latin America. Although many earnest but ignorant, and a few knowledgeable but knavish people say otherwise, the United States does not have a foreign policy in regard to Latin America.

 

David Felix  

Economic Development: Take-Offs Into Unsustained Growth

A good deal of postwar socioeconomic analysis of Latin America has been permeated by the same preconceptions that spawned Rostow’s Stages of Economic Growth. In the beginning is the “traditional” society--a loose receptacle for the mishmash of attitudes and behavior thought to be inimical to orderly economic and political change.

 

Julius Rivera  

Political Parties and the Politics of Development in Latin America

There is nothing that better reflects the state of Latin American societies and that better portrays the complexities of the Latin American personality than the fluidity of the party systems. To begin with, all Latin American political parties have been carbon copies of European parties, just as Latin American constitutions have been patchwork quilts of foreign constitutions far removed from individual national realities.

 

David Schwartzman  

Monopoly, Big Business, and Welfare in the Postwar United States

Review of book by Dean A. Worchester Jr. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1967. 243 pp.

 

Dennison Nash

Caribbean Integration: Papers on Social, Political, and Economic Integration

Review of book by S. Lewis and T. G. Mathews. Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico: Institute of Caribbean Studies, 1967. 258 pp.

 

Arthur Lewis Wood  

India and Ceylon: Unity and Diversity, A Symposium

Review of book by Philip Mason. London: Oxford University Press, 1967. 311 pp.

 

William M. Newman                       

Sociology and History: Methods

Review of book by Seymour Martin Lipset and Richard Hofstadter.New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1968. 423 pp.

 

Thomas R. Whitaker  

Charles Booth on the City: Physical Pattern and Social Structure

Review of book by Harold W. Pfautz. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967. 314 pp.

 

Alphons Silbermann    

Die Dadaisten in Zurich

Review of book by Miklavz Prosenc. Bonn: H. Bouvier & Co. Verlag, 1967. 138 pp.

 

Hedwig Wachenheim

Der Bolschevismus im Urteil der Deutschen Sozialdemokratie, 1903-1920

Review of book by P. Losche.  Universitat Berlin: Colloquium Verlag Otto H. Hess, 1967. 306 pp.

 

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