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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.

Founding Problems and Institutionalization of Sociology in Latin America1
Founding Problems and Institutionalization of Sociology in Latin America
Jorge Rovira Mas

How did the institutionalization of sociology as a social science discipline in Latin America come about? What relation does this process have with the founding problems of Latin American sociology? This presentation seeks to offer some answers to these questions, while relating to the key texts presented in this section.

Sociology appeared in Europe in a historical and social setting marked by transformations such as those brought about by industrial capitalism, a rapidly growing proletariat and social and political struggles, including socialist ideals. This was the period of the birth and establishment of bourgeois society. In the United States (US), this ...

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