By William L. Canak

This rapporteur's report is a summary of proceedings from a May 1- 2, 1981 workshop on "Trends and Priorities for Research on Latin America in the 1980s" cosponsored by the Latin American Studies Association and the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


From the Introduction

The significant political and economic transformation of Latin America's social structure in the past quarter century would seem to demand an increased sophistication from those scholars whose work addresses complex questions of social organization, social struggle, and historical transformation. Against this backdrop of rapid change in Latin American societies there have occurred far- reaching changes in the context and practice of research. The Cuban revolution produced a rapid increase in interest and resources for research on Latin America. Enthusiasm continued through the 1960s, but in the 1970s North American scholars declined in numbers and, it appears, in public prestige.