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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.

Politics, State and Society in Latin American Sociology: A Partial Introduction
Politics, State and Society in Latin American Sociology: A Partial Introduction
Manuel Antonio Garretón

As has been widely recognized, let’s recall that scientific sociology was born in this region to understand and intervene in the question of the transformation of society – what economics would call development (Trindade, De Sierra, Garretón, Murmis and Reyna, 2007). But a transformation of society does not depend on natural forces but on human action, and for that reason, from a sociological perspective, it must address politics as a central element and, in contemporary times, the fundamental agent for its direction, the State. Accordingly, sociology in these latitudes was born as sociology of development and ...

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