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Exile and the Politics of Exclusion in the Americas

Edited by Luis Roniger, James N. Green and Pablo Yankelevich

Luis Roniger is Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies at the Department of Political Science of Wake Forest University.

James N. Green is Professor of Brazilian history and culture and former director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies at Brown University.

Pablo Yankelevich is Professor at the Colegio de México, and a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.


This collection of essays brings together leading experts in the study of exile and expatriation, whose historical and comparative perspectives enable readers to understand the phenomenon of forced displacement in the Americas.

Political exile, a major political practice throughout most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, is still an under-researched topic. While ubiquitous and fascinating, with some notable and important exceptions, until recently it has been conceived as somewhat marginal for the development of these societies, instead being studied in the framework of traditional concepts and concerns in history and the social sciences. Following recent developments that highlight the centrality of diasporas and transnational studies, of transience and relocation, this book proposes that the study of exile should become a topic of central concern, closely related to basic theoretical problems and controversies on the structure of power, national representation and transnational displacement.

The editors and contributors approach these issues through a nuanced reading of context and history. The work discusses the formative impact of exile in many of these societies at different times, while analyzing how it evolved and changed its character throughout the centuries. The systematic studies brought together in this volume will likely generate new readings of history and the societies in the Americas and the Diasporas, moving away from the traditional understanding of national histories towards more regional, transnational and even continental dimensions.

University of California, San Diego

Introduction, Exile and the Politics of Exclusion in the Americas – the editors

Part I The Politics of Exclusion in the Americas: Historical and Comparative Perspectives
1. Mario Sznajder and Luis Roniger: Political Exile in Latin America
2. Teresa Meade and Gregory Pirio: African Americans in Search of the Brazilian "Eldorado”
3. Silvina Jensen: Representations of Exile and those Exiled in Argentine History
4. Nicolás Sánchez-Albornoz: The Spanish Exiles in Mexico and Beyond: A Comparative
5. Allen Wells: Playing God: Choosing Central European Jewish Refugees for the Dominican
Republic during World War II
6. Ricardo Melgar Bao: Exile in the Andean Landscapes: A Historical Perspective

Part II The Cold War and Waves of Exile

7. Diana Anhalt: Fleeing from MacCarthism: US Expatriates in Mexico
8. Félix Masud-Piloto: Cuban Exiles, the Cold War and the Politics of Immigration
9. Thomas Wright and Rody Oñate: Chilean Political Exile
10. James N. Green: Brazilian Exiles in the United States, the Campaign against Torture, and the Forging of a Human Rights Discourse for Latin America
11. Marina Franco: Exile as Rupture, Transformation and Learning Process: Argentineans in France and the Humanitarian Plight
12. Pablo Yankelevich: Exiles and the Argentinean Diaspora. Issues and Problems

Part III Exile and the Reconstruction of Politics and Identities

13. Barry Carr: ‘Across Seas and Borders’: Charting the Webs of Radical Internationalism in the Circum-Caribbean
14. Denise Rollemberg: The Brazilian Exile Experience: Remaking Identities
15. Vania Markarian: Uruguayan Exiles and Human Rights: From Transnational Activism to
Transitional Politics
16. Florinda Goldberg: “Only the Fog is Real”: Migration and Exile in Latin-American
17. Sandra Lorenzano: Exile and Argentine Literature: Testimonies of Memory
18. Luis Roniger: Exile and Democracy

Exile and the Setting of Future Research Agendas – The Editors


“Exile has had a profound impact on political ideologies. Distance from the country of origin, the inevitable weakening of social ties that accompany emigration, and the passage of time lead to a re-evaluation of the institutions and culture left behind, and of the political practices in which exiles had engaged in the past. Interaction with the host society, even if limited by the desire to limit new attachments, is also consequential. Paradoxically, a weak insertion in the new social environment is conducive to the development of comprehensive and nuanced appraisals of its institutions and culture. The joint effect of these new visions may pull exiles in different directions: toward extremism or the political center, toward totalitarianism or democracy. This volume will contribute to the understanding of how transnational political and cultural processes, a key one of which is precisely the experience of exile, interact with national processes in determining the direction of institutional change.” From the Series Editor’s Preface by Carlos Waisman

“The scope of the interdisciplinary conversation begun by the editors in this excellent collection of essays on exile, politics, and culture in and out of Latin America is revelatory. A brief review can barely begin to enumerate the topics presented in these 20 chapters. Part 1 contains six essays providing the historic context, three of which touch on the 19th century; part 2 contains six chapters framed by the events of the Cold War; and part 3 considers identity and politics in exile. Roughly half of the essays relate to the history of the Southern Cone in the second half of the 20th century. This focus, along with the discussion of the radical politics that often led to exile, gives the book much of its overall coherence. From a US perspective, it is worth noting that there is only one essay on Cuban exiles after 1959, and none on Latino/a diasporas or Central American exile, though each topic is considered in broader discussions. This lacuna testifies to how much ground there is to cover on this ever-present topic, and this volume lays out the terrain for future inquiry. Highly recommended.” Choice


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392 pp. / 246 x 171 mm
Release Date:
Hardback, April 2012; Paperback, April 2014
  Illustrated:   No
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