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.

The Secular Roots of a Difficult Nation-building1

The Secular Roots of a Difficult Nation-building1

The Secular Roots of a Difficult Nation-building
Suzy Castor

The evolution of Haiti during the last half century raised many questions without answers or answers based on all kinds of subjectivisms. The deep contradictions within its society has led many to claim Haitian exceptionalism, rather than contemplating its particularities. In essence, the Haitian process is in fact similar to other processes that developed at different times throughout Latin America, sharing common characteristics, mutatis mutandis, with varying intensities. To consider its current predicament as an isolated event, without putting it into a historical context, encourages the vision of Haiti as a ‘failed state’, ‘non-viable’ or a ‘pariah nation with no future’, largely hindering understanding of ...

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