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.

Political Activism in the Era of the Internet1

Political Activism in the Era of the Internet
Bernardo Sorj

Sociologists navigate using two compasses. One points to social transformations and emerging processes, in sum, all that is new. The other focuses on the permanence of social structures and actors that possess an enormous capacity for survival by appropriating and/or accommodating to changes. A large number of the studies regarding the impact of new communication media tend to use either one compass or the other, which generally results in dismissing the importance of social transformations or only focusing on the novelties. The challenge is to identify what mutates without disregarding how the old reconstructs and inserts itself into the new, and from a ...

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