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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.

On Certain Aspects of the Crisis of the State1
On Certain Aspects of the Crisis of the State
Guillermo O’Donnell

There is enough evidence to show that the extraordinarily severe socioeconomic-economic crisis most newly democratized countries are suffering furthers the spread of brown2 regions. The spread not only comes from various processes of social and economic disintegration; it also results from the profound crisis of the State – as effective legality, as a set of bureaucracies, and as a legitimized agent of the common interest. But the spread also results from the strong anti-statism of neoliberal ideas and policies,3 especially the endeavor to diminish at all costs the size of the State bureaucracies and the fiscal deficit.

Many efforts are in train ...

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