Journal of Applied Missiology, Volume 2, Number 2

Latin America Bibliography

A. Brian McLemore

Latin America

Arias, Mortimer and Esther Arias

1980 The Cry of My People: Out of Captivity in Latin America. Friendship Press. A compelling, but controversial, Christian plea for understanding and call for the praxis of liberation from the political and economic entities which deny justice and righteousness for Latin Americans. (ABM)

Asturias, Miguel Angel

1963 El Se' or Presidente. Atheneum. The ultimate novelistic expression of life under a Latin American dictator. (RR)

Atkins, G. Pope

1989 Latin American in the International Political System. 2nd Edition. Westview Press. A comprehensive study of Latin America's position as a subsystem in international politics, with special attention to the impact of transnational presence in religion, multinational corporations, commerce and social struggle. (DCC)

Beezely, William H. and Judith Ewell

1987 The Human Tradition in Latin America: The Twentieth Century. Scholarly Resources. From soccer players to tenant farmers to urban slum dwellers, twenty-one Latin Americans tell their own stories. Insightful views of the average Latin. (JR)

Black, Jan Knippers, ed.

1991 Latin America, Its Problems and Its Promise. 2nd Edition. Westview Press. An important multidisciplinary introductory reader that analyzes the cultures and societies of Latin America. Provocative reading. (ABM)

Booth, John A. and Thomas W. Walker

1989 Understanding Central America. Westview Press. A cogent look at the forces and roots of underdevelopment and the dynamics of change and proposed change, including liberation theology. (DCC)

Borges, Jorge Luis

1962 Ficciones. Grove Press. The best stories of one of the world's greatest short story writers. (RR)

Brown, Diana DeGroat

1986 Umbanda: Religion and Politics in Urban Brazil. Iowa State University Press. A systematic presentation of the history and development of Umbanda. Brown examines the Brazilian urban middle class practitioners' contextualization of original Umbanda ritual and belief. (ABM)

Brown, Lyle C. and William F. Cooper, eds.

1980 Religion in Latin American Life and Literature. Baylor University. A book of great breadth, this volume provides a many-faceted view of Latin American religion from the role of the Virgin in Mexican culture to the religious views of Garcia M rquez to the contemporary Catholic right in Brazil. A most valuable compendium. (JR)

Burns, E. Bradford

1986 Latin America: A Concise Interpretive History. 4th Edition. Prentice Hall. One of the best concise general works that covers Latin American History from the conquest to contemporary concerns. (ABM)

Butterworth, Douglas and John K. Chance

1981 Latin American Urbanization. Cambridge University Press. Anthropologists and missionaries have worked successfully in tribal societies but state societies with complex urban contexts remain an enigma for most. Without postulating a theory of urbanization, the authors look at the rapid social change currently transforming Latin American cities and attempt to interpret the processes of change. Emphasis is given to rural-urban migration, adaption to urban life and to the poor. Worthwhile reading. (TP)

Canak, William L.

1989 Lost Promises: Debt, Austerity, and Development in Latin America. Westview Press. Gives a good historical perspective of the unending story of Latin America's political economy; dependence on the global community institutions and the implementation of austerity policies to meet the debt. (DCC)

De Cordoba, Pedro

1970 Christian Doctrine for the Instruction and Information of the Indians. University of Miami. An important book for those who would break free from traditional evangelistic methodologies. This is a translation of an early 16th century Dominican "how-to-convert-the-Indians" manual for missionaries. Compellingly current. (JR)

Delaguilar, Juan M.

1988 Cuba: Dilemmas of a Revolution. Westview Press. A comprehensive examination of the contradictory rhetoric and policies that have brought Cuba to where she is today--especially interesting as a background to the recent deterioration of relations with the Soviet Union. (DCC)

Dussel, Enrique

1981 A History of the Church in Latin America: Colonialism to Liberation. Eerdmans. Dussel writes from a liberationist perspective, but provides important insights about the history of Catholic Christianity in Latin America. (ABM)

Freyre, Gilberto

1956 The Masters and the Slaves. Alfred A. Knopf. This is the classic study in the development of Brazil's civilization by Brazil's most eminent man of letters. Filled with essential insights for those who would understand today's Brazil. (JR)

Galeano, Eduardo

1973 Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. Monthly Press Review. Although Galeano has marxist presuppositions, he demonstrates the reasons for the anti-North American sentiment that still prevails in Latin America due to economic exploitation. (ABM)

Gallet, Paul

1972 Freedom to Starve. Penguin Books. This timely work of a French priest pointedly expresses both surprise at the deep poverty found in Latin America (particularly in northeast Brazil) and displeasure and dismay because of the breakdown of the Christian perspective regarding such. (DCC)

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel

1970 One Hundred Years of Solitude. Avon. Acclaimed by some as the most important Latin American novel. A true vision of the Latin American soul. (RR)

Gibson, Charles

1966 Spain in America. Harper and Row. Still the place to begin any study of Latin America. This brief yet encompassing analysis explains the acculturation processes which created the Latin American civilization extant today. (JR)

Goodpasture, H. McKennie, ed.

1989 Cross and Sword: An Eyewitness History of Christianity in Latin America. Orbis Books. From explorers and conquistadors to priests, peasants, and protestants, eyewitnesses narrate the triumphs and tragedies of Latin America's religious development. History comes to life. (ABM)

Gutiirrez, Gustavo

1988 A Theology of Liberation. Revised Edition. Orbis Books. Too often one reads secondary critiques of primary works; read Guti‚rrez first. He writes from the heart of Liberation Theology. This seminal work should be required reading for all U.S. missionaries. (ABM)

Hamilton, Nora, Jeffery Frieden, Linda Fuller, Manuel Pastor, JR., eds.

1988 Crisis in Central America: Regional Dynamics and U.S. Policy in the 1980's. Westview Press. A collection of very readable and generally cogent essays by a group who looks at U.S. policies toward and reactions from Central American States in their recent histories. (DCC)

Harrison, Phyllis A.

1983 Behaving Brazilian: A Comparison of Brazilian and North American Social Behavior. Newberry House. Excellent source for all types of habits, social situations, language, gestures, and other aspects of Brazilian culture. (GS)

Heath, Dwight B.

1988 Contemporary Cultures and Societies of Latin America: A Reader in the Social Anthropology of Middle and South America. 2nd Edition. Waveland Press. A recent reissue of an "oldie but goodie" originally published in 1965. Heath's monumental work contains a number of seminal articles by widely respected social scientists which contain valuable insights for missionaries. (TP)

Landa, Friar Diego de

1978 Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. Dover. A full account of Maya customs, daily life, and history. Written in 1566. (RR)

Lewis, Oscar

1963 The Children of Sanchez. Random House. Still the best "inside" look at the culture of poverty that operates not only in Mexico but throughout Latin America. (DCC)

Mafud, Julio

1984 Psicologia de la Viveza Criolla: contribuciones para una interpretaci˘n de la realidad social argentina y americana. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Distal S.R.L. Though the original edition was published a number of years earlier, Mafud's work, which found inspiration in Max Weber's "Ideal types," continues to have merit for its excellent interpretations of various "life-styles" which have evolved in Argentina and why. Mafud weaves together data from history, sociology, and cultural anthropology. Major sections are: Man, Culture, Society and Social Integration. (TP)

Mallea, Eduardo

1989 History of an Argentine Passion. LALR Press. Contains Mallea's concept of the two Argentinas, one real and the other superficial. (RR)

Martin, David

1990 Tongues of Fire: The Explosion of Protestantism in Latin America. B. Blackwell. Highly recommended sociological perspective on the rapid growth of Pentecostalism and the socio-economic forces that facilitate its growth. (ABM)

Martinez Estrada, Eziquiel

1971 X-Ray of the Pampa. University of Texas Press. A stimulating discussion of the origins of political, economic, and social instability in Latin America. (RR)

McGregor, Pedro

1967 Jesus of the Spirits. Stein and Day. A history of the religious development of Brazil, with an emphasis on the black influence on this history. The author traces the development of spiritism, including Kardecism. (GS)

Nida, Eugene

1974 Understanding Latin Americans. William Carey Library. Still one of the best; should be required reading for all missionaries to Latin American. Nida's insights into the ethos of Latin American religion remain potent. (ABM)

Nuyez, Emilio A. and William D. Taylor

1989 Crisis in Latin America: An Evangelical Perspective. Moody. Taylor presents an etic perspective and Nu¤ez an emic one of Latin America's culture, history, politics, and religion. They provide both a superb starting point and insightful suggestions for the future direction of missions in Latin America. (ABM)

Padilla, C. Ren‚

1985 Missions Between the Times: Essays on the Kingdom. Eerdmans. Contextual theology from one of Latin America's leading evangelical missions scholars. Padilla properly critiques liberationist perspectives and the North American pragmatism that underlies evangelism and the church growth movement. (ABM)

Paz, Octavio

1981 El Laberinto de La Soledad. Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Economica. Also available in English, but would advise serious students to "take-on" the Spanish version. A penetrating and pointedly revealing study of the complexities in the Latin soul, particularly that of the Mexican male. (DCC)

1972 The Other Mexico: Critique of the Pyramid. Grove Press. An extension of his Labyrinth and an attempt to decipher the modern Mexican reality. (RR)

Phelan, John Leddy

1970 The Millennial Kingdom of the Franciscans in the New World. 2nd Edition. University of California. A mature understanding of Catholicism in Latin America demands a comprehension of the true nature of its origins. In this unique study Phelan opens new doors of perception, moving well beyond stereotypical concepts. (JR)

Portnoy, Alicia, ed.

1988 You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile. Clies Press. An insightful look into the feminine perspective on contemporary Latin America. (RR)

Powell, Philip Wayne

1971 Tree of Hate: Propaganda and Prejudices Affecting United States Relations with the Hispanic World. Basic Books. Powell persuasively delimits the prejudicial attitudes toward Latin Americans which North Americans inherit. An essential book for the eliminating of biases which most would-be missionaries hold unawares. (JR)

Reavs, Dick J.

1990 Conversations with Moctezuma. William Morris. One traveler's rich perception of today's Mexico and how that country's present is inextricably linked to its indigenous and revolutionary past. (RR)

Rodo, Jos‚ Enrique

1988 Ariel. University of Texas. Peden's translation of this masterwork of Latin American culture presents a seminal Latin American view of North Americans. Those hoping to communicate with educated Latin Americans must understand Rod˘'s acclaimed perspective. (JR)

Sebato, Ernesto

1988 On Heroes and Tombs. Ballantine. One of Latin America's greatest novelists tells the history of one nation through the fierce obsessions of one woman and the men in her life. (RR)

Shipp, Glover

1986 "Research as a Tool for Urban Evangelism in Developing Countries." D.Miss. diss., School of World Mission of Fuller Theological Seminary. A how-to-resource for those with little or no background in urban anthropology or research methods. Shipp offers concrete and practical examples on doing evangelism in an urban context from his many years of urban missions experience in Brazil. (ABM)

Skidmore, Thomas E. and Peter H. Smith

1989 Modern Latin America. 2nd Edition. Oxford. Perhaps the best survey portrayal of modern Latin America. Incisively crafted by two of our most able Latin Americanists. (JR)

Stallings, Barbara and Robert Kaufman, eds.

1989 Debt and Democracy in Latin America. Westview Press. A reader which compiles the work of a generation of writers who have had great access to the facts concerning the political, social, and psychological implications of the staggering debts that are passed from administration to administration. (DCC)

St. Clair, David

1971 Drum and Candle. Bell Publishing Co. An insightful discussion of spiritist roots and practices in Brazil. The author examines Candomble, Macumba, Umbanda, and other African spiritist cults, profusely illustrating his material with photos and drawings. (GS)

Vargas Losa, Mario

1984 Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. Avon. A tour de force novel that explores love and storytelling as well as the concept of history in Latin America. (RR)

1986 The War at the End of the World. Avon. Perhaps the Peruvian's greatest novel, War is the story of the cosmic struggle between Church and State in Latin America. (RR)

Wagley, Charles

1963 An Introduction to Brazil. Columbia University Press. Although old, this book is still a standard reference work for foreigners wishing to understand Brazil. (GS)

1964 Amazon Town: Study of Man in the Tropics. Alfred A. Knopf. This is an excellent analysis of life, ecology and culture in a region of the Amazon. The roots of many of Brazil's cultural patterns, attitudes, and superstitions are examined. (GS)

Willems, Emilio

1975 Latin American Culture: An Anthropological Synthesis. Harper and Row. Willems, an anthropologist long resident in Latin America, describes the processes of the merger of European and indigenous civilizations which produced the mestizo culture of Latin America. He then elucidates the particular transformations which have shaped the contemporary configurations common throughout the Latin American cultural region. (JR)  

Worcester, Donald E.

1973 Brazil: From Colony to World Power. Charles Scribner's Sons. This is a thoroughly scholarly work which traces Brazil from before the first European contacts in 1500 to modern times. It is a must for those who want to explore carefully the background of that nation. (GS)

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