The recent rise in Latin America of progressive, left-leaning governments – often supported by groups struggling for environmental justice – has challenged the established elites and raised expectations about new regimes for natural resource management. Based on case-studies in eight Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, El Salvador and Guatemala), this book, edited by Benedicte Bull and Mariel Cristina Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, investigates the extent to which there have been elite shifts, how new governments have related to old elites, and how that has impacted on environmental governance and the management of natural resources.
In this book, Bendicte Bull, University of Oslo; Fulvio Castellacci, University of Oslo and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs; and Yuri Kasahara, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, investigate Central America's political economy through the lens of its powerful diversified business groups, providing insight into their strategies when confronted with a globalized economy, their impact on development, and how they shape the political and economic institutions governing local varieties of capitalism.
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This book is a variation of the classic travel narrative, with emphasis on insight, knowledge and facts. Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo, presents the reader with modern Brazilian culture, economy, politics, environment and religion.
In Argentina, Pentecostalism had a breakthrough in the early 1980s. The revival coincided with a socio-political transformation of Argentinean society, and structural changes paved the way for a certain "autonomisation" of politics, law, economy, science and religion. In his PhD thesis Hans Geir Aasmundsen examines the new religious sphere and how Pentecostals relate to society at large, and the political and judicial sphere in particular.
This book by Kristina Johansen tells the story of the victims of Colombia’s violent conflict, at the same as it explains the background for the complex conflict and today’s peace negotiations.
In this book Dag Mossige asks why Mexico’s political left has been in such turmoil since the dramatic 2006 election. He explores the inner workings of the PRD and its seemingly unending internal wars.
In this book, Nelson González-Ortega at University of Oslo analyzes how intellectuals in Colombia, during the nineteenth century, formed images of the country, the nation and the state, as well as the relationship between history and literature in recent novels.
In this book Christian Krohn-Hansen, University of Oslo, asks both how Dominicans have influenced New York City and how the move to New York has affected the lives of Dominican immigrants.
By arguing that different perspectives on peace influence different argumentations of rights, Catalina Vallejo, Chr. Michelsen Institute, in this book based on her master thésis challenges some of the political and legal discourses framed within the war against terror since 2001.
Håvard Haarstad, University of Bergen, has edited this book, which takes a new look at how natural resources are governed and struggled over.
This book, edited by Rachel Sieder, Visiting Professor at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, and John McNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), examines the relationship between legal pluralities and the prospects for greater gender justice in developing countries.
Just as a new round of peace negotiations between FARC and the Colombian government is about to start in Oslo, Mario Ramírez-Orozco, Telemark University College, has published a book on how to achieve peace after half a century of armed conflict.
Even Sandvik Underlid's book consists of stories of everyday life as well as historical analyses.
This book, edited by John-Andrew McNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and Chr. Michelsens Institute, and Owen Logan is the outcome of a comparative research project on the role of the oil and gas industry in the promotion of poverty reduction and social volatility.
In this book Paulo Roberto Ribeiro Guimarães, Minister Counsellor at the embassy of Brazil in Norway, takes a closer look at the growing imoportance of the relations between Norway and Brazil. Search for the book (in pdf) here in Portuguese or find it here in Norwegian.
This book by Leiry Cornejo Chavez, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, is based on the author's master thesis, and contributes to the better understanding of structural sexual violence against women.
This book by Stener Ekern, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, is based on the author's thesis (PhD--University of Oslo, 2005) presented under the title: Making government : community and leadership in Mayan Guatemala.
A collection of essays in honour of Birger Angvik, University of Bergen, and Willy Rasmussen, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
In many Latin American countries, former military officers are now facing charges of torture, murder, forced disappearance, and genocide committed under the dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s. This book by Elin Skaar from Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, focusing on the key countries of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, explores the complex relationship between executive politics and judicial action.
In this book on contemporary migration in the Peruvian Andes, Cecilie V. Ødegaard from the University of Bergen explores how people from Andean communities seek progress and social mobility by moving to the cities.
In this book Vegard Bye examines the series of left governments that have dominated Latin American politics the last decade, with a focus on the presidents leading these new experiences in the region.
Latin-Amerikaboken 2010, published by The Norwegian Solidarity Comittee for Latin America (LAG), deals with Norway’s relations with Latin America, through development cooperation, information, business and international institutions. The book also offers updated articles on recent developments in each of the countries in the region. More information here.
Based on the fundamental role montage plays in the creation of narrative discourse in movies, Juan Pellicer at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo, in this book reviews three movies by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu ― Amores perros, 21 gramos and Babel. Read more here.
Latinamerikanske utfordringer (Latin American challlenges) is a pedagocic introduction to Latin America’s recent history, with background information for understanding the many challenges faced by the region. Written by Benedicte Bull, Associate Professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. Read more here.