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Title:
Crime and punishment in Latin America law and society since late colonial times
Author:
Salvatore, Ricardo Donato.
ISBN:
9780822380788
Publication Information:
Durham : Duke University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 448 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents:
Introduction: writing the history of law, crime, and punishment in Latin America / Carlos Aguirre and Ricardo D. Salvatore -- Crime in the time of the great fear: Indians and the state in the Peruvian Southern Andes / Charles F. Walker -- Women, order, and progress in Guzm©Łn Blanco's Venezuela, 1870-1888 / Arlene J. D©Ưaz -- Judges, lawyers, and farmers: uses of justice and the circulation of law in rural Buenos Aires, 1900-1940 / Juan Manuel R. Palacio -- Work, property, and the negotiation of rights in the Brazilian cane fields: Campos, Rio de Janeiro, 1930-1950 / Luis A. Gonz©Łlez -- The criminalization of the syphilitic body: prostitutes, health crimes, and society in Mexico City, 1867-1930 / Christina Rivera-Garza -- Healing and mischief: witchcraft in Brazilian law and literature, 1890-1922 / Dain Borges -- Passion, perversity, and the pace of justice in Argentina at the turn of the last century / Kristin Ruggiero -- Cuidado con los rateros: the making of criminals in modern Mexico City / Pablo Piccato -- The penalties of freedom: punishment in post-emancipation Jamaica / Diana Paton -- Death and liberalism: capital punishment after the fall of Rosas / Ricardo D. Salvatore -- Disputed views of incarceration in Lima, 1890-1930: the prisoners' agenda for prison reform / Carlos Aguirre -- Girls in prison: the role of the Buenos Aires Casa Correccional de Mujeres as an institution for child rescue, 1890-1940 / Donna J. Guy -- Remembering freedom: life as seen from the prison cell (Buenos Aires Province, 1930-1950) / Lila M. Caimari -- Afterword: law and society in comparative perspective / Douglas Hay.
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Crowning a decade of innovative efforts in the historical study of law and legal phenomena in the region, Crime and Punishment in Latin America offers a collection of essays that deal with the multiple aspects of the relationship between ordinary people and the law. Building on a variety of methodological and theoretical trends--cultural history, subaltern studies, new political history, and others--the contributors share the conviction that law and legal phenomena are crucial elements in the formation and functioning of modern Latin American societies and, as such, need to be brought to the forefront of scholarly debates about the region's past and present.
While disassociating law from a strictly legalist approach, the volume showcases a number of highly original studies on topics such as the role of law in processes of state formation and social and political conflict, the resonance between legal and cultural phenomena, and the contested nature of law-enforcing discourses and practices. Treating law as an ambiguous and malleable arena of struggle, the contributors to this volume--scholars from North and Latin America who represent the new wave in legal history that has emerged in recent years-- demonstrate that law not only produces and reformulates culture, but also shapes and is shaped by larger processes of political, social, economic, and cultural change. In addition, they offer valuable insights about the ways in which legal systems and cultures in Latin America compare to those in England, Western Europe, and the United States.
This volume will appeal to scholars in Latin American studies and to those interested in the social, cultural, and comparative history of law and legal phenomena.

Contributors. Carlos Aguirre, Dain Borges, Lila Caimari, Arlene J. Díaz, Luis A. Gonzalez, Donna J. Guy, Douglas Hay, Gilbert M. Joseph, Juan Manuel Palacio, Diana Paton, Pablo Piccato, Cristina Rivera Garza, Kristin Ruggiero, Ricardo D. Salvatore, Charles F. Walker