Two phenomena are of central interest in the nine contributions that make up this volume: one is the question of power and its multiple forms, and the other is that geographical, political and cultural multifaceted unity we call the ‘the Americas’. The book is a multidisciplinary effort, written by scholars from the fields of history, political science, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, who all share an interest in the ways in which power is projected in the Americas.

Some contributors focus on the sources of power, while others are more concerned with how it is presented and legitimized by those who hold it. Likewise, some investigate the relations between government and citizens, while others look at more informal structures of power. Common to all contributions, however, is that they attempt to trace the forms that political and social power take in different American contexts – from the highest echelons of political power in Washington, D.C. to the local politics of a small village in Mexico. Common to all contributions is a nuanced exploration of the various manifestations of political and social power in the Americas.

chapter |10 pages


Power and its Multiple Projections in the Americas
ByNiels Bjerre-Poulsen, Helene Balslev Clausen, Jan Gustafsson

part |48 pages

Section I

chapter |20 pages

The Nation and the Revolution

Techniques of Power and Interpellation in Revolutionary Cuba
ByJan Gustafsson

part |52 pages

Section II

chapter |28 pages

Talking of Tlatelolco

The Power of a Collective Memory Suppressed but Not Surrendered
ByJulia L. Sloan

chapter |22 pages

The Power of Memory

The Construction of the Vietnam Veterans and Kent State Memorials
ByBirgitte Madelung

part |69 pages

Section III

chapter |41 pages

The Power of the Past

British North America in the Second Half of the 18th Century
ByMerete Borch

chapter |26 pages

Women's Rights as Human Rights

Exile, International Feminist Encounters, and Women's Empowerment under Military Rule in Chile, 1973–1990
ByJadwiga Pieper Mooney

part |66 pages

Section IV

chapter |16 pages

Projecting Power beyond the Law

Transnational Criminal Organizations
ByRichard L. Millett

chapter |26 pages

Old and New Ways of Influencing Social Movements in Latin America

ByMario Alberto Velázquez Garcia

chapter |21 pages

Power and Nonprofit Organizations

North American Charity Organizations in a Mexican Town in the Border Region
ByHelene Balslev Clausen