This volume traces the development of Costa Rica's culture and institutions. The authors describe how Costa Rica's economy, government, educational and health-care systems, family structures, religion, and other institutions have evolved, and how this has affected the people's lives.
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The late Mavis Hiltunen Biesanz was author (with John Biesanz) of Costa Rican Life and The People of Panama and (with Richard and Karen Biesanz) The Costa Ricans. Her publications also included multiple editions of Modern Society: An Introduction to Social Science and Introduction to Sociology. She was a resident of Costa Rica since 1971 to her death in 2008. Richard Biesanz is professor of sociology and anthropology at Corning Community College. Karen Zubris Biesanz writes on Costa Rican society.Review:
When I was researching Costa Rica as a candidate place for retirement, despite some effort, I was unable to find much literature beyond the standard travel and retirement guides and a few rather dry tomes of some international institutions. I was therefore delighted to come across and read The Ticos.
The writing is a nice blend of hard facts and well-researched statistics with deductions from personal interviews, all of which is neatly intertwined with astute personal observation and personal anecdotes. It is very well-written. The language flows as easily as in a good novel.
All in all, a most interesting book. I strongly recommend it to foreign residents of Costa Rica. I equally recommend it to those considering Costa Rica as a country for residence, whether for retirement or business. -- Chris Couzens, La Voz, June 1999
When a new book by the Biesanzes comes out, observers of Costa Rica sit up and take note. The Ticos, a penetrating analysis of this society, is downright enjoyable reading, even for those who know (or care) little about this corner of Latin America. -- Rod Hughes, The Tico Times, December 24, 1998
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Book Description Lynne Reinner, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. New except for former owner's name ; 307 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 40476