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.

Latin American Perspectives on Social Movements Research

Latin American Perspectives on Social Movements Research

Latin American Perspectives on Social Movements Research
Breno Bringel

Social movements have historically played a central role in Latin America (LA) both in developing practices of resistance and creating alternative and integrationist imaginaries in the region. They are often confused with particular organizations or specific struggles, but social movements are not limited to one actor or one action. They are a broader part of a complex action system (Melucci, 1989). Rather than a strictly defined object of study, as they have been largely perceived by hegemonic theories in the United States, Latin American sociology has primarily regarded social movements as a valuable heuristic tool to understand societal transformations and the possibilities and uncertainties of ...

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