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 Populist Turn and the Center-Left in Latin America1

The Populist Turn and the Center-Left in Latin America1

The Populist Turn and the Center-Left in Latin America
Ernesto Laclau

When does a populist rupture emerge? It inevitably occurs with the dichotomization of the social space, wherein actors see themselves as participants in one or the other of two opposing camps. Constructing the people as a collective actor implies appealing to ‘the underdogs’, set against the established institutional order. This implies that, one way or another, existing institutional channels for satisfying social demands have lost their efficacy and legitimacy and that the new hegemonic configuration – the new ‘historical block’, to use a Gramscian term – will suppose a regime change and a restructuring of the public space.

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