Category: 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…

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…

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…

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