Journal of Latin American Journal Studies

Urbanization and urban culture have been part of Latin America since Pre-Colombian times continuing through the colonial period and into the twentieth century. From the 1940s to the 1980s, urbanization accelerated when Latin American transformed from a predominantly rural population to a predominantly urban population. This fundamental transformation is the defining feature of late twentieth century Latin America. The historical and contemporary shift from rural to urban instructs the social, political, economic, and cultural lives of Latin Americans, and it has implications across fields of discipline for scholars, theorists, activists, and critics.

The purpose of the Journal of Latin American Urban Studies is to consider and study the history of urbanization and to problematize and interrogate contemporary urban issues in Latin America including citizenship, political change, globalization, economic development, and class transformation.

JLAUS also examines the consequences of urbanization such as crime, education, state formation, community and cultural development, religion, and identity. JLAUS seeks to showcase and highlight research in progress or specific elements of larger projects that address urbanization and the urban setting.

The JLAUS is published by Montclair State University and the Committee on Latin American and Caribbean Studies of St. John's University. CLACS sponsors many activities, including: symposia, conferences, workshops, lectures, seminars, and the promotion of joint academic programs and research projects with Latin America and Caribbean universities and diplomatic missions in New York City. In addition, CLACS publishes an annual newsletter and this interdisciplinary journal on Latin America and the Caribbean.