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Costa Rica's Pineapple Industry: Sweet or Sour?

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 14:45

Since the year 2000 the worldwide demand for pineapple has skyrocketed about 300 percent, prompting growers in Costa Rica to increase their output and find new ways to satisfy hungry consumers (Pura Vida Guide 2016).  Costa Rica is the largest pineapple supplier to the European Union, and the largest importer is the United States, which gets 90 percent of its  pineapples from Costa Rica (Glass 2013).  I was able to attend a presentation given by Francisco Arguedas Arce, the financial manager of the fourth largest pineapple producer in Costa Rica, Chestnut Hill Farms.

Student Movement in Chile: Explaining a Protest Paradox

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 09:15

My article, “Democracy and Student Discontent: Chilean Student Protest in the Post-Pinochet Era,” (Journal of Politics in Latin America, 7(3), 49-84) was based on extensive field research conducted in Chile. I also engaged the theoretical literature on social movements to propose a three-part theory for the seemingly paradoxical emergence and escalation of the Chilean student protests.

Contentious Engagement: Understanding Recent Social Protest in Latin America

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 09:45

Recent events in countries like Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela highlight the extent to which social protest often serves as a vital form of political voice in contemporary Latin America. Though certainly protest is not new in the region, and enjoys a long and storied history throughout the American continent, a growing body of evidence suggests that rates of contentious participation have spiked in many countries over the past decade (e.g., Boulding 2014; LAPOP 2008-2012).

Defining Beautiful: Venezuela's Beauty Schools and High Rates in Cosmestic Surgeries in Latin America

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 08:15

Seven Miss Universe, six Miss World, seven Miss International, and two Miss Earth titles have made Venezuela one of the top countries to produce the most “Misses” in the world. Many other countries around the world also value these international beauty pageants and also rank high in international pageant winners including the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Puerto Rico1.

Demonstrations, occupations or roadblocks? Exploring the determinants of protest tactics in Chile

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 15:45

One of the issues that have stirred up considerable interest in the literature about social movements in recent years is the one regarding the tactics of collective protest. When a group of people decides to publicly express its dissatisfaction with the authorities, why does it sometimes use peaceful and conventional tactics, such as an organized demonstration in a plaza; and other times violent and rowdy ways, for example destroying public or private property? Why are tactics with a high symbolic content, such as a theater performance ridiculing a hated politician, sometimes used?

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