Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Explore the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies—an academic discipline which focuses on the politics, culture, economies, history, and international relations of the countries in Central America, South America, and the islands of the Caribbean as well as the country of Mexico. This area of university-level scholarship differs from that of Latino Studies, which primarily focuses on the experience of Latin Americans in the United States. Latin American and Caribbean Studies is part of a much broader category of academia known more specifically as area studies, which focuses on any one of several geographic, political, or cultural regions.

Within this discipline, researchers may choose to study a specific country, such as Haiti; a group of countries, such as the countries that are part of the economic bloc known as Mercosur; or a specific topic across the region as a whole, such as the impact of colonialism. The field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies is considered interdisciplinary, with researchers typically examining a wide range of topics, including the literature, economics, political science, language, religion, indigenous cultures, revolutions, food, social sciences, and geography of the region.

Any serious study of the region of Latin America and the Caribbean must necessarily take into account its incredible diversity. While the countries share a common language origin in Latin and similar histories involving early colonization by Western powers, they are significantly different in terms of political structure, ethnic composition, and economic development. For this reason, some academic programs, centers, libraries, and associations separate Latin American and Caribbean Studies into two unique fields of research: one focused on Latin American studies and another on that of Caribbean history.

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Latin American and Caribbean Studies Resources

Gale provides resources that support research with digital collections from Gale, including databases, primary source archives, and eBooks.


Gale databases include collections of published materials from newspapers, journals, and periodical articles, as well as primary source documents and multimedia like images, audio, and videos, that support users interested in Latin American and Caribbean research and studies.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources contains full-text archives and collections that provide firsthand content, including historical newspapers, documents, archives, journals and periodicals, news articles, and other publications, and ephemera that examine and analyze Latin American studies in a unique digital library designed to enhance social sciences and digital collections offerings.

Gale eBooks

Gale's eBook collection offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of main content subject areas, including Inuit resources, first nation resources, indigenous peoples, Latin American studies, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross search to pinpoint relevant content and create their own unique digital library. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Hispanic and Latino American Literature for Students

    Hispanic and Latino American Literature for Students

    Gale   |   2021   |   ISBN-13: 9780028666860

    Hispanic and Latino American Literature for Students contains easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of 13 works from various time periods. The works—not previously covered in any For Students series—are comprised of a variety of genres, including novels, poems, short stories, and dramas. The entries include works by frequently studied and well-established authors as well as by more contemporary, up-and-coming authors, making this book a must for any Latin American collection.

    Each work included was specially chosen by an advisory panel of teachers and librarians—experts who have helped us define the information needs of students and ensure the age-appropriateness of this reference’s content. Within the pages of Hispanic and Latino American Literature for Students, young researchers will discover everything they need to complete homework assignments and lead classroom discussions.

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  • Defining Documents in American History: Slavery, 1st Edition

    Defining Documents in American History: Slavery, 1st Edition

    Salem Press   |   2019   |   ISBN-139781642652826

    This title delves into the extremely long and violent history of the titular subject. These volumes discuss slavery in multiple contexts, from ancient times to the slave trade during colonial America, and from the abolitionist movement to issues of slavery in the modern era. Slavery was not universally endorsed, but it became a part of the economic fabric of the nation. Riots and rebellions alarmed owners and strengthened the resolve of those who worked toward the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of the men, women, and children deemed property and valued as only three-fifths of a human. It took a civil war to achieve the goal of freedom for all, and decades of work that continues to this day, to gain and defend it as simply basic human rights.

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  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Brazil, 1st Edition

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Brazil, 1st Edition

    DK Publishing   |   2018   |   ISBN-139781465474865

    Explore all Brazil has to offer from idyllic sandy beaches, the lush Amazon rainforest, and the vast Pantanal wetland to colonial Salvador or Modernist Brasília, and the exciting cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. This guide is full of inspiring photography and unique illustrations of major attractions, such as Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, the Iguaçu waterfalls, and the Teatro Amazonas opera house in Manaus. Learn about Brazil's diverse peoples, music, capoeira, Carnaval, and cuisines. Follow tips on samba schools, wildlife spotting, shopping, getting around, and the best places to eat and stay. With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, this guide truly shows this country as no one else can.

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