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In the U.S. context "Central American studies (CAS) is an interdisciplinary field that bridges ethnic studies and area studies. Because it does not fit neatly into disciplinary and institutional categories, CAS inhabits different spaces in each of the institutions where it has emerged..." (Baker and Hernández 2017: 86). Central American Studies also refers to the perspectives and study of issues affecting nations and communities of the Central American Isthmus.
This guide serves to orient researchers and students to resources on Central America and Central American Studies. Relevant collections at UCLA ( books, articles and primary resources), licensed resources from multiple disciplines are highlighted here.
Related library guides which provide additional information are also listed here.
The following articles introduce the field of Central American Studies in the United States.
Abrego, Leisy J. "#CentAmStudies from a Social Science Perspective." Latino Studies 15.1 (2017): 95-8.
Arias, Arturo. "What are Central American Studies?" Latino Studies 15.1 (2017): 99-103
Baker, Beth F., and Ester E. Hernández. "Defining Central American studies." Latino Studies 15.1 (2017): 86-90.DOI:10.1057/s41276-017-0055-1
Menjívar, Cecilia. "Studying Central Americans in Latino Studies." Latino Studies 15.1 (2017): 91-4.
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