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 subject of inequality has rightfully challenged Latin American sociology from its beginnings. After all, how can we build an understanding of social structure in countries marked by the experience of colonial domination based on the submission of indigenous or enslaved ethnic and racial groups without tackling this debate? For this very reason, authors have returned to the subject time and again in an attempt to comprehend the specificities of Latin America.
This omnipresence of the subject of inequalities on the Latin American agenda was however unable to advance the gaze of sociology to preferential status. For a long time, the preeminent place belonged to economists, who reduced the matter to its monetary dimension: unequal ...