Latin America

Authored by: M. Elizabeth Ginway

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815351931
eBook ISBN: 9781351139885
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351139885-45

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Abstract

Latin American cyberpunk could be broadly characterized as dystopian in ways that are different from its North American version, where the virtual world usually represents an escape from social hardship. This chapter provides a roadmap for understanding recurrent Latin American cyberpunk motifs that cross national boundaries, including bodily invasion, urban settings, religious obsessions, collective and individual altered states, and politically motivated hacking. Based on works from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Mexico, the chapter shows that Latin American cyberpunk emphasizes embodiment and prosthetics over digital nirvanas as well as the misuses of technology by neoliberal regimes and corporations that exacerbate social disparities and political conflicts in the region.

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