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This course is an introduction to the socio-political history and theories of cultures in Brazil, the Andean, and the Southern Cone regions of South America. Some of the topics examined are the construction of the nation state, populist governments, military dictatorships, the search for social reform in the 20th century, and the transition to economic development. Subtopics include: slavery and native servitude, acculturation, immigration and urbanization, machismo and marianismo, and current native and women's movements. Classes are conducted in English.