Stefan Rinke's history of “encounters”—real and symbolic—between Chile and the United States ranges from theories of cultural and technological diffusion to multifaceted sociopolitical history of twentieth-century Chile. Considered in detail are the “interiorization,” appropriation, and transformation by Chileans of the growing economic, technological, cultural, and political influences of the United States, called norteamericanización in Chile, Americanization in Europe (p. 19). Rinke intends the book as a case study (Chile) of the impacts of the “complex processes of transnationalization and globalization” in Latin America (p. 17).

Translated into Spanish from the original German (Begegnungen mit dem Yankee: Nordamerikanisierung und soziokultureller Wandel in Chile, 1898–1990 [2004]), Encuentros con el yanqui offers deep history of the periods 1900–1930 (labeled by Rinke the transnational phase) and 1970–1990 (labeled the new globalization). These periods are viewed through lenses as diverse as travel accounts, radio programs, cinema,...

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