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By Jonathan R. Barton

ISBN-10: 0203292316

ISBN-13: 9780203292310

ISBN-10: 020343157X

ISBN-13: 9780203431573

The geographical regions and peoples of South and principal the United States, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, that jointly shape the political nation-state of Latin the United States, surround quite a lot of societies, politics and economies. this article exposes the diversities among locations, areas and international locations, participants and societies, supplying a useful perception into the topics of political and monetary improvement, and offers a consultant to realizing strength and house family. From the Antarctic to the tropical jungles, the coastal groups to the highland villages, the mega-cities to remoted rural life, the political geographies of lives, localities, towns and rurality are too subtle to be subjected to generalizations. Adopting a severe human geography viewpoint, Jonathon Barton offers an realizing of similarities, distinction and complex human geographies.

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In the case of the Andean and Mesoamerican (Mexico and northern Central America) regions, these territorial empires followed one from another. In Mesoamerica, the Teotihuacán empire replaced the Olmec empire which was itself replaced by the Aztec empire. 2 The emergence of pre-Columbian societies, 7000 BC-AD 1500 a Periods of greatest influence. Source: Adapted from Williamson (1992) 33 FROM PRE-COLUMBIAN TO POST-COLD WAR The Inca empire provides a good example of the more complex preColumbian societies.

It is in reaction to this background that democratic forms of political geography need to be forthcoming. This is especially appropriate within the Latin American context due to the historical predominance of authoritarianism and non-representative interest groups. A movement within political geography and geopolitical analysis, away from traditional state-centricity towards an understanding of dialectical relationships between power and space, confronts the criticism that political geography offers little more than analysis of a particular organisational form, the state (Raffestin, 1980).

He stresses the need to progress to a post-developmental era in which to re-examine the cultural contexts of poverty and reflect on the constructions of social power that lead to social injustice and inequalities. The constructions of development and social needs have been important in establishing relations of power between those considered as having the tools of development and those receiving the fruits of development. This has been a strong component of the power of Latin American nation-states and how these nation-states engage with other states and agencies within the international and global contexts.

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