Scholarship on ethnicity in modern Latin America has traditionally understood the region’s various societies as fusions of people of European, indigenous, and/or African descent. These are often deployed as stable categories, with European or “white” as a monolith against which studies of indigeneity or blackness are set. The role of post-independence immigration from eastern and western Europe—as well as from Asia, Africa, and Latin-American countries—in constructing the national ethnic landscape remains understudied. The contributors of this volume focus their attention on Jewish, Arab, non-Latin European, Asian, and Latin American immigrants and their experiences in their “new” homes. Rejecting exceptionalist and homogenizing tendencies within immigration history, contributors advocate instead an approach that emphasizes the locally- and nationally-embedded nature of ethnic identification.
Raanan Rein, Ph.D. (1991), Tel Aviv University, is the Sourasky Professor of History, Head of the S. Daniel Abraham Center and Vice President of Tel Aviv University. His most recent book is
Populism and Ethnicity: Peronism and the Jews of Argentina (2020).
Stefan Rinke, Dr. phil. (1995), Dr. habil. (2003), Catholic University of Eichstätt, is Professor of Latin American History at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and was an Einstein Research Fellow 2013-2015. Amongst his most recent publications is
Conquistadoren und Azteken: Hernán Cortés und die Eroberung Mexikos (2019).
David M.K. Sheinin (Trent University) is Académico Correspondiente of the Academia Nacional de la Historia de la República Argentina. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Arthur P. Whitaker Prize for
Consent of the Damned: Ordinary Argentinians in the Dirty War.
Acknowledgments List of Contributors
Introduction Raanan Rein, Stefan Rinke, and David M.K. Sheinin
In Search of Wandering Husbands: Jewish Migration, Desertion, and Divorce between Poland and Argentina, 1919–1939 Lelia Stadler
Indifference, Hostility, and Pragmatism: an X-Ray of Chilean Right-Wing Attitudes toward Jews, 1932–1940 Gustavo Guzmán
Diplomacy and Ethnicity: Germans in Brazil (1933–1938) Vinícius Bivar
Constructing a Transnational Identity: the Three Phases of Palestinian Immigration to Chile, 1900–1950 Hagai Rubinstein
Political Immigrants: the “Chileanization” of Arabs and Jews and Their Class Subjectivities, 1930–1970 Claudia Stern
Over the Rainbow: Costa Rica as a “Geography of Meaning” for U.S. American Immigrants, 1945–1980 Atalia Shragai
Unsafe Havens for Jewish-Argentine Migrants: the Rise and Fall of the Third Peronist Government and the Traumatic Effects of the 1973 Yom Kippur War Adrián Krupnik
Missing Jews: the Memory of Dictatorship in Argentina and the Jewish Identity Diplomacy of José Siderman David M.K. Sheinin
Crisscrossing the Oyapock River: Entangled Histories and Fluid Identities in the French-Brazilian Borderland Fabio Santos
Together Un-united: Muslims in the Triple Frontier on the Defensive against Accusations of Terrorism Omri Elmaleh
Los muchachos Peronistas Japoneses: the Peronist Movement and the Nikkei Raanan Rein, Aya Udagawa, and Pablo Adrián Vázquez
Identity Diversity among Chinese Immigrants and Their Descendants in Buenos Aires Susana Brauner and Rayén Torres
“We Colombian Women Are Damned No Matter What We Do”: an Analysis of Police Officers’ Perceptions and Colombian Women’s Experiences during Their Arrest in Ecuador Andrea Romo-Pérez
Concluding Essay: Rethinking Latin America in the New Ethnic Studies Jurgen Buchenau and Jerry Dávila
All interested in Latin American studies, migration history, Diaspora studies, trans-nationalism, and ethnicity.