Theorizing the hemisphere
Inter-Americas work at the intersection of American, Canadian, and Latin American studies
Authors: Sadowski-Smith, Claudia; Fox, Claire F.
Source: Comparative American Studies, Volume 2, Number 1, March 2004 , pp. 5-38(34)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This article advocates an 'inter-Americas studies' perspective that bridges the institutionalized fields of American, Canadian, and Latin American studies, which have traditionally provided separate means for studying the hemisphere. Since they encompass comparative orientations, Canadian and Latin American studies in particular have the potential to move existing work on the hemisphere beyond the currently dominant post-national assumptions of American studies. Our discussion of Canadian and Latin American studies emphasizes the different usage and degree of importance ascribed to critical terms like ethnicity, post-coloniality, post-nationality, and globalization. We argue that inter-Americas studies scholars will need to pay special attention to historically divergent forms of nation-state formation and intellectual analyses of nationalism in the Americas to arrive at more nuanced theories of continuing US domination in the hemisphere under conditions of globalization.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2004-03-01