Hemisphere

Hemisphere is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring

Beneath the United States: A History of U.S. Policy toward Latin America
Beneath the United States: A History of U.S. Policy Toward Latin America by Lars Schoultz Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998. 480 pages. $19.95 (paperback) The US quest for hegemony in Latin America Spread the news! Serious...
Brutal Legacy
The socioeconomic costs of domestic violence in Latin America Domestic violence is a serious social problem in Latin America, as it is in most parts of the world. According to a series of surveys commissioned by the Women's Development Unit of the...
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Subscribers,
In early March of this year, Bolivia's only former female president, Lydia Gueiler Tejada, was honored at a reception to launch the release of her autobiography. Much has been written about Gueiler's brief period as president (November 1979-July 1980)...
Families and Feminism
If a man has relationships with three different women and children with all of them, whom then should he marry? This is a difficult question and one which left Luis Gonzalez, Nicaragua's designated minister of the family, speechless. It also neatly...
Guarani Suicide
Paraguay's Guarani Indians are killing themselves at an alarming rate, 25 times more frequently than the rest of the rural population. Most suicides have been reported in a cluster of Guarani communities near the Brazilian border. In one town, nine...
Massa-Girls
Female beauty and images of Cuban national identity, 1908-1940 Before and after Cuba's independence from Spain, politics and popular literature were inextricably joined in journalistic essays and cartoons. Popular literary traditions espoused and...
Panama Votes No
On August 30, 1998, Panama's voters soundly defeated the government's proposal to allow presidential re-election. Mireya Moscoso, president of the Arnulfista party and candidate for president in 1994 and 1999, triumphantly claimed victory. Flanked...
Rumba: Dance and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba; Bachata: A Social History of a Dominican Popular Music
Rumba: Dance and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba by Yvonne Daniel Bloomington and Indianapolis: University of Indiana Press, 1995. Bachata: A Social History of a Dominican Popular Music by Deborah Pacini Hernandez Philadelphia: Temple...
Split Visions
The woman at the airport counter is screaming. Her angry words shouted in English with a Dominican Spanish accent. Her body tense but shaking as though an electrical current were charging through her. The woman's words are almost unintelligible but...
Submerged Histories
Cautionary tales from Latin America For nearly a decade now in the post-Cold War world of the End of History, with its economics-derived social science, we have witnessed the growth of a global financial system powerfully intertwined with so-called...
The Abortion Debate
Church and state confront social realities in Latin America According to a 1996 report by the World Health Organization, Latin America has the highest incidence of illegal abortions of any other region on the planet. The report, which received very...
The Missing Element
Gender and health sector reform in Peru Following the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s and the economic adjustments required to stem the rampant inflation that resulted, governments across the region are experimenting with state reforms as...
Who Betrays Ana Negra?
Strategies for Latin American women's history Historians continue to debate the necessary directions and commitments of the women's, feminist and gender histories of Latin America. This article joins the discussion by looking at three tensions in...
Women in the Americas
Although feminism has proven to be one of the most potent forces of the twentieth century, women's rights still lag far behind those of men in all areas of the world. This trend is evident in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the movement's impetus...