Critical Reviews on Latin American Research - CROLAR


CROLAR Vol. 3, No.1, Politics, Societies and Cultures in Contemporary Central America


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As guest editors of CROLAR, we are pleased to present to you the issue “Politics, Societies, and Cultures in Contemporary Central America.” While CROLAR's first issues have focused on thematic fields such as inequalities or resistance and social movements, the current issue takes an interdisciplinary look at a region. Compared to its immediate neighbors Mexico and Colombia, Central America is composed of countries that might be small in territorial terms; nevertheless, the region is highly complex and fragmented, as well as a multicultural, dynamic and simultaneously connected area in today’s globalized world.


The societies and states of the Central American sub-continent are historically, politically, and culturally intertwined. To capture the contemporary socio-political realities and the local, national, and transnational imaginaries and identities, we have to consider the interdependencies that have shaped the region since colonial times. Therefore, adopting a diachronic perspective is fundamental to engaging in any critical reflection about Central America as a diverse unit. This is especially so considering its  colonial past and subsequent developments that kept transforming the political scenarios of the region. Consider, for example, the early experience of a failed union, anti-imperialist and revolutionary movements, civil wars, the developments of democratization and their links to neoliberalism, as well as the continent’s transnational communities resulting of diverse exiles, migrations, displacements, and more..


Markus Hochmüller, Alexandra Ortiz Wallner & The CROLAR Editorial Team





Vol 3, No 1 (2014): Politics, Societies and Cultures in Contemporary Central America

Table of Contents

Editorial. Políticas, sociedades y culturas en Centroamérica HTML HTML (Español) HTML (Português (Brasil)) PDF PDF (Español) PDF (Português (Brasil))


Luis Roniger (2011): Transnational Politics in Central America HTML PDF
Thomas Plötze
John P. Hawkins, James H. McDonald and Walter Randolph Adams (eds.) (2013): Crisis of Governance in Maya Guatemala: Indigenous Responses to a Failing State HTML (Español) PDF (Español)
Daniel Núñez
Otto Argueta (2013): Private Security in Guatemala. Pathway to its Proliferation HTML (Español) PDF (Español)
Sandra Wienand
Manuel A. Solís Avendaño (2012): Memoria descartada y sufrimiento invisibilizado: La violencia política de los años 40 vista desde el Hospital Psiquiátrico HTML (Español) PDF (Español)
Luis Ernesto Aguilar Carvajal
Laura Matthew (2012): Memories of Conquest. Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala HTML (Deutsch) PDF (Deutsch)
Lasse Hölck
Hans-Christian Petersen (Eds.) (2013): Spaces of the Poor. Perspectives of Cultural Sciences on Urban Slum Areas and Their Inhabitants HTML (Deutsch) PDF (Deutsch)
Frank Müller
Deborah T. Levenson (2013): Adiós Niño: The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death HTML (Español) PDF (Español)
Markus Hochmüller
Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera (2013): Territories of Violence: State, Marginal Youth, and Public Security in Honduras HTML PDF
Sonja Wolf
Peter Peetz (2011): Maras, Medien, Militär. Gesellschaftlicher Diskurs und staatliche Politik gegenüber Jugendbanden in Honduras HTML PDF
Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera
Fabrice Lehoucq (2012): The Politics of Modern Central America. Civil War, Democratization, and Underdevelopment. HTML (Deutsch) PDF (Deutsch)
Markus Müller
Aaron Schneider (2012): State-Building and Tax Regimes in Central America HTML PDF
Rodrigo Rodrigues-Silveira
Gabriela Inchauste and Ernesto Stein (eds) (2013): Financing the Family: Remittances to Central America in a Time of Crisis HTML PDF
Christian Ambrosius

Classics Revisited

The Significance of Edelberto Torres Rivas in Central America – A Review of His Academic Life and Work HTML PDF
Dirk Kruijt
Edelberto Torres-Rivas (2011): Revoluciones sin cambios revolucionarios. Ensayos sobre la crisis en Centroamérica HTML (Español) PDF (Español)
José Luis Rocha
Edelberto Torres-Rivas y los estudios centroamericanos HTML (Español) PDF (Español)
Alexandra Ortiz Wallner


Sala Negra de El Faro (eds.) (2013): Crónicas negras. Desde una región que no cuenta HTML (Español) PDF (Español)
Sabine Erbrich
Diego Enrique Osorno (2012): La Guerra de Los Zetas: Viaje por la Frontera de la Necropolítica HTML PDF
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Current Debates

Luis Jorge Garay Salamanca and Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán (Eds.) (2012): Nacotráfico, corrupción y Estados. Cómo las redes ilícitas han reconfigurado las instituciones en Colombia, Guatemala y México HTML (Deutsch) PDF (Deutsch)
Birte Keller
Stephen G. Rabe (2012): The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America HTML (Español) PDF (Español)
Carlos Pérez Ricart

Complete Edition

Crolar Vol. 3, No.1: Políticas, sociedades y culturas en Centroamérica PDF



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