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 the Pessimism in the Social Sciences1

On the Pessimism in the Social Sciences1

On the Pessimism in the Social Sciences
Edelberto Torres Rivas

In the 1950s, the institutionalization of teaching and research in the social sciences slowly began in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. This was in the context of the expansion of university enrollment and the professionalization of a group of intellectuals who began to do research, teach courses and publish books and journals on the social sciences. They maintained an attitude of ‘modernity’ both in relation to what they produced, as well as to the results they expected to obtain, in a cultural and social environment that was not yet prepared for those inputs. This is a reference to a seminal moment that coincided with ...

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