In Their Own Best Interest

- A History of the U.S. Effort to Improve Latin Americans

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In Their Own Best Interest
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Udgivelsesdato:
31-08-2018
Sprog:
Engelsk
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For over a century, the United States has sought to improve the behavior of the peoples of Latin America. Perceiving their neighbors to the south as underdeveloped and unable to govern themselves, U.S. policy makers have promoted everything from representative democracy and economic development to oral hygiene. Whatever the problem, a bureaucratic culture in Washington D.C. is committed to finding solutions that will uplift Latin Americans.The United States' paternalistic role as improver of nations began in the Progressive Era, Lars Schoultz shows, when an altruistic belief in bettering others gained currency. During the Cold War, institutions were established to turn that belief into concrete commitments designed to shore up national security against the threat of communism. Many of these institutions, such as the Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy, live on in the contemporary uplift industry. Through exponential expansion, they now employ tens of thousands of government workers and outsource to private contractors the job of improving peoples around the globe.But is improvement a progressive impulse to help others, or a realpolitik pursuit of a superpower's interests? In Their Own Best Interest wrestles with this tension between helping the less fortunate and demanding payback in the form of subordination. In the twenty-first century, Schoultz writes, the uplift industry is embedded deeply in our foreign policy, extending well beyond relations with Latin America, and the consequences are troubling. Many Latin Americans now say: You have a habit of giving-we have a habit of receiving.

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Udgivelsesdato:
31-08-2018
ISBN13:
9780674984141
Bredde:
156 mm
Højde:
235 mm
Format:
Hardback
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Bibliotekernes beskrivelse For over a century the U.S. has "improved" the peoples of Latin America by promoting everything from representative democracy and economic development to oral hygiene. How did this paternalistic practice evolve and spread globally and what are the troubling consequences for a country with a habit of giving-and for others with a habit of receiving? 1 illus.

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