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.

Building Theory1

Building Theory1

Building Theory
Sergio Bagú

In science, as in life itself, what is known and what is ignored are linked by a dynamic bond. As knowledge boundaries expand as a result of scientific advancement, the ability to discover and understand what is still ignored improves, and it becomes easier to read the dynamics of the portion that was already known. Furthermore, the view of substantial matters broadens, adding a chapter – or at least a paragraph – to theory.

The methodology of sciences of societies cannot introduce experimentation as a procedure; instead, it relies largely on experience. The activity required for scientific construction is selective; it does not hinge on the mechanical addition of the footprint of experience but on the ...

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