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Key Texts for Latin American Sociology comprises translations of key texts from the Latin American Sociology canon. It is the first book to curate and then translate these key texts into English, bringing together texts from leading sociologists in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bolivia, and Uruguay, to provide comprehensive coverage of a wide range of issues in Latin American Sociology. By drawing attention to embedded issues such as development, inequalities, oppression and representation, the key texts approach sociology in its most authentic terms: as a means of understanding and committing to social change. The result of five years of collaboration between colleagues from 15 Latin American Countries, this volume was conceived at a workshop in Mendoza in 2013, where the scientific committee discussed the difference between “classics” and “key-texts” in Latin American sociology.

Ch’ixinakax utxiwa: A Reflection on the Practices and Discourses of Decolonization1
Ch’ixinakax utxiwa: A Reflection on the Practices and Discourses of Decolonization
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui

The colonial condition obscures a number of paradoxes. Throughout history, the modernizing efforts of the Europeanized elites in the Andean region resulted in successive waves of recolonization. One example is the Bourbon reforms that both preceded and followed the great cycle of rebellion from 1771 to 1781. Although it is true that modern history meant slavery for the indigenous peoples of America, it was simultaneously an arena of resistance and conflict, a site for the development of sweeping counterhegemonic strategies, and a space for the creation of new indigenous languages and projects of modernity (Thomson, 2003). ...

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