This guide gives a brief and accessible overview of the whole of Latin American Studies. Covering all the possible topics, from colonial cultures and identity to US Latino culture and issues of race, gender and sexuality, this book situates Latin America in its historical, linguistic and cultural context. Whether taking a single module or a whole degree in Latin American Studies, this book provides students with a reliable companion throughout the course. Written by an international team of experts, each chapter in the book supplies the necessary basic information and a sound introduction to key ideas, issues and debates. In addition to 13 short chapters on the main topics in Latin American Studies, the Companion includes time-lines, a glossary of terms and annotated suggestions for further reading.