Category: On Social Justice

The Social Agenda in Latin America

If the 1980s were the era of economic policy reform in Latin America, the 1990s have become the era of social sector reform. Indeed, a consensus is now forming that delivery of health care…

A Mellon Update

More than 23 Latin American archives and libraries from Mexico to Rio de Janeiro have received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to upgrade or preserve their facilities. The…

From Havana to HUD

Kennedy School Assistant Professor Xavier de Souza Briggs, who took a group of 17 graduate public policy students on a one-week study tour of Cuba last year, has now embarked on…

David Maybury-Lewis

David Maybury-Lewis will receive the Anders Retzius gold medal of the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography on April 24, 1998. The medal is awarded to an anthropologist…

Violence in Latin America

Violence–like most diseases–is caused by a complex network of factors,” said Rodrigo Guerrero, a medical doctor, researcher, and violence-prevention activist. “Our challenge is to…

On Social Justice

This issue of DRCLAS NEWS focuses on the theme of social justice, a theme inextricably linked with our children and the future of Latin America. So often we who study the lives of children or…

Poverty Blocks Economic Growth

Latin America is not the poorest region in the world. On average, most of Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia are poorer. But Latin America is the world’s most unequal region. Income and wealth…

Partners In Health

Partners In Health is a Harvard-linked program committed to improving health in poor communities. Its goal is to make a “preferential option for the poor in health care” by working with community…

A Lexicon of Terror

How can one narrate the unspeakable? The unimaginable, the horror? This question is always raised when one talks about testimonies and tales of holocausts. Both history and literary…

Human Rights and Health in Latin America

Anthropologists, involved as we are with trying to understand the lives of people within their local worlds must be poignantly aware of the growing pauperization of the world and of the…

Democracy and Difference

What animates struggles for social justice and makes democratization possible? The southern Mexican city of Juchitán offers the paradoxical lesson that difference and disruption can foster…

Cuban Connections

Since its founding in December 1994, DRCLAS has worked to facilitate academic and cultural exchanges with Cuba. Cuban scholars have visited the Center for periods as long as a semeste…

Cuba Today

Miracle or Mirage? A conference co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Inter-American Dialogue…

The Community Perspective

The driver was yelling out in Portuguese with the rough-hewn rural accents of Northeastern Brazil: “This is the woman who is looking for the dead children. I have told her she should come…

Citizenship or Favelaship

While conducting pre-dissertation research on local social movements in Brazil in the summer of 1996, I decided to visit several of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. A Brazilian anthropologist friend…

The Afropaedia

In 1909 W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1896), proposed the ambitious scheme for an Encyclopedia Africana. For more than eighty…

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