Category: Volume 15, Number 1, March 2016

Latin American Corruption in Geographic Perspective

Latin American Corruption in Geographic Perspective

Barney Warf & Sheridan Stewart Abstract Corruption, the misuse of public office for private gains, is a cancerous phenomenon in Latin America, although it varies widely among countries in the region. This paper opens...

Building Cities, Constructing Citizens: Sustainable Rural Cities in Chiapas, Mexico

Building Cities, Constructing Citizens: Sustainable Rural Cities in Chiapas, Mexico

Valente Soto & Jeffrey M. Banister Abstract This paper examines changes in socio-spatial practices that have resulted from the relocation of peasant and indigenous communities into Sustainable Rural Cities (SRCs) in Chiapas, Mexico. The...

State Forestry Incentives and Community Stewardship: A Political Ecology of Payments and Compensation for Ecosystem Services in Guatemala’s Highlands

State Forestry Incentives and Community Stewardship: A Political Ecology of Payments and Compensation for Ecosystem Services in Guatemala’s Highlands

Nicolena vonHedemann & Tracey Osborne Abstract Many payments for ecosystem services (PES) programs in Latin America aim to provide motivation for environmental protection through valuing services and providing funds for local development. This article...

“No Trespassing”: Changing and Contested Rights to Land in the Guyanese Amazon

“No Trespassing”: Changing and Contested Rights to Land in the Guyanese Amazon

Katherine MacDonald Abstract The Makushi and Wapishana peoples of the Rupununi region of Guyana have been fighting for the rights to their traditional territories since contact with European colonists first challenged them. Although Indigenous...

Spatial Patterns of Frontier Settlement: Balancing Conservation and Development

Spatial Patterns of Frontier Settlement: Balancing Conservation and Development

Cynthia Simmons, Robert Walker, Stephen Perz, Eugenio Arima, Stephen Aldrich, & Marcellus Caldas Abstract Amazonian deforestation has declined recently, but Brazil’s infrastructure plans continue to target the region. In the interest of sustainable development,...

The Geography of Border Militarization: Violence, Death and Health in Mexico and the United States

The Geography of Border Militarization: Violence, Death and Health in Mexico and the United States

Jeremy Slack, Daniel E. Martínez, Alison Elizabeth Lee, & Scott Whiteford Abstract Despite proposed increases in spending on personnel and equipment for border enforcement, the complex geography of border militarization and the violence it...

JLAG Editorial Team Statement of Purpose

JLAG Editorial Team Statement of Purpose

Christopher Gaffney, James Freeman, Jörn Seemann, John C. Finn, & Eric D. Carter With this statement of purpose, the new five-member editorial team of the Journal of Latin American Geography renews our dedication to...