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.

Marginality and Social Exclusion (Fragments)1

Marginality and Social Exclusion (Fragments)1

Marginality and Social Exclusion (Fragments)
José Nun

In 1969, I proposed the concept of marginal mass in an article I wrote for the Revista Latinoamericana de Sociología that generated profuse controversy. Thirty years later, in 1999, I updated some aspects of my thesis in a paper that appeared in Desarrollo Económico. Shortly thereafter, this second text was translated into English to be published in Latin American Perspectives and into Portuguese in Novos Estudos CEBRAP which gave rise to new debates, especially in Brazil. In its own way, this resumes a discussion that, for quite different reasons, Fernando Henrique Cardoso started there in the early 1970s.

However, those who approach these questions now often encounter a problem: the ...

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