[Review] Goods, Power, History: Latin America's Material Culture
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On one level Goods, Power, History: Latin America’s Material Culture is about the history of consumption of products in the Americas from pre-Columbian to modern times. The author, Arnold J. Bauer, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, states as much: “The present book emphasizes the core items of material life—food, clothing, shelter, and the organization of public space— in both their rudimentary and elaborate manifestations” (pp. xv-xvi). On a much more sophisticated and integrative level, this book is a tour de force or compendium of Dr. Bauer’s distinguished body of work concerning the asymmetrical relationship between people, things and power in Latin America.