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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.

Theoretical–Practical Experiences: General Working Guidelines on Participatory Action Research (PAR)1
Theoretical–Practical Experiences: General Working Guidelines on Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Orlando Fals Borda

Not having the space or the humor to make personal proclamations regarding ‘who was first or better’ or ‘who quoted whom’, but rather being in favor of recognizing a common methodological task of general application, several ways of working have been expressed or made implicit that can be considered as guidelines for the common ordinary work of participatory research. These guidelines can be summarized as follows:

  • It is pointless to seek or determine general social laws in our field (as with others like biology, according to Mayr).2 There will be limited predictable developments as far as time, place and ...
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