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 Problem of Race: Approaching the Issue1

The Problem of Race: Approaching the Issue1

The Problem of Race: Approaching the Issue
José Carlos Mariátegui

Among other things, the problem of race in Latin America acts through bourgeois intellectual speculation to conceal or ignore the true problems of the continent. Marxist criticism has a vital duty to address this problem in real terms, ridding it of any specious or pedantic misrepresentation. Economically, socially and politically, the problem of race, along with that of the land, is, at its root, the problem of ending feudalism.

Because of the servitude imposed on them since the Spanish conquest, the Indigenous races in Latin America find themselves in a resounding state of backwardness and ignorance. The interests of the exploiting class, first the Spanish ...

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