Globalization and Latin American Cinema

Toward a New Critical Paradigm

  • Sophia A. McClennen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-71
    2. Sophia A. McClennen
      Pages 73-140
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      Pages 141-193
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      Pages 195-244
  3. Place

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-259
    2. Sophia A. McClennen
      Pages 261-327
    3. Sophia A. McClennen
      Pages 329-381
    4. Sophia A. McClennen
      Pages 383-450
    5. Sophia A. McClennen
      Pages 451-478
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 479-544

About this book


Studying the case of Latin American cinema, this book analyzes one of the most public - and most exportable- forms of postcolonial national culture to argue that millennial era globalization demands entirely new frameworks for thinking about the relationship between politics, culture, and economic policies. Concerns that globalization would bring the downfall of national culture were common in the 1990s as economies across the globe began implementing neoliberal, free market policies and abolishing state protections for culture industries. Simultaneously, new technologies and the increased mobility of people and information caused others to see globalization as an era of heightened connectivity and progressive contact. Twenty-five years later, we are now able to examine the actual impact of globalization on local and regional cultures, especially those of postcolonial societies. Tracing the full life-cycle of films and studying blockbusters like City of God, Motorcycle Diaries, and Children of Men this book argues that neoliberal globalization has created a highly ambivalent space for cultural expression, one willing to market against itself as long as the stories sell. The result is an innovative and ground-breaking text suited to scholars interested in globalization studies, Latin-American studies and film studies.


globalization national culture 1990s economies neoliberal free market policies new technologies culture industries mobility connectivity local and regional cultures Latin American cinema postcolonial societies. politics economic policies City of God Motorcycle Diaries Children of Men cultural expression

Authors and affiliations

  • Sophia A. McClennen
    • 1
  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityState CollegeUSA

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