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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.

The ‘American’ Modernity (Keys to Its Understanding)1
The ‘American’ Modernity (Keys to Its Understanding)
Bolívar Echeverría

The “Americanization” of modernity during the 20th century is a general phenomenon: in fact, all aspects of 20th-century civilized life exhibit, one way or another, an overdetermination on which “Americanism” or the “American identity” has somehow left its imprint. This phenomenon has not restricted itself, as one would expect, to societies in Northern America, where it was born in the 18th century, but has spread, since the late 19th century, throughout the entire world.

“American” modernity has expanded beyond its original boundaries not only or preferably to relatively recent postcolonial contexts – as in Asia or Africa, where European modernity was regarded as a separate movement, ...

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