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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.

Introductory Study: Latin American Sociology: A Centennial Regional Tradition
Introductory Study
Fernanda Beigel

The mere mention of French, US or German Sociology refers readers to world renowned disciplinary traditions whose legitimate foundations are beyond doubt. The so-called founding fathers of ‘international’ Sociology (Marx, Weber and Durkheim) and other sociologists from these national fields are conceived as the sources of original and ‘universal’ theories and methods. However, it is fair to recognize that their circulation and legitimacy are not detached from the material and symbolic power of those nation-states during the period of institutionalization/internationalization of Sociology. In this context, these sociological powers were ‘blessed’ by the diffusion of their particular originality and gifted with an international universality. Conversely, the ‘universality’ and ‘originality’ of ...

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