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Latin America and Contemporary Modernity A Sociological Interpretation

By José Maurício Domingues Copyright 2008
    ISBN 9780415512923
    210 Pages
    Published December 9, 2011 by Routledge

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    In this book, renowned author José Maurício Domingues places Latin America within the third phase of global modern civilization and offers a general theoretical approach to contemporary Latin America. He sees modernity as configured by episodic modernizing moves which, when counting on strong identity and organization as well as clear-cut projects, may assume the aspect of modernizing offensives. Highlighting subjects as law, rights and justice as well as globalization and development, Dominguez places Latin America in the uneven, combined and contradictory development of modern civilization and offers a final assessment of its possibilities and limits. The book will be of interest to researchers and students of modernity, globalization, Latin America, sociological theory and its key concepts.

    Introduction  1. Law, Rights and Justice  2. Development, Globalization and the Search for Alternatives  3. Identities and Domination, Solidarity and Projects.  Conclusion


    Dominguez is Executive Director of Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute (IUPERJ) and a member of the International Editorial Board of The European Journal of Social Theory. He has published extensively on social and sociological theory and on the sociology of modernity and Latin America; books include: Sociological Theory and Collective Subjectivity (1995), Social Creativity, Collective Subjectivity and Contemporary Modernity (2000), Do ocidente à modernidade. Intelectuais e mudança social (2003), Estudos de sociologia (2004), Modernity Reconstructed (2006), and Aproximações à América Latina (2007).

    "Combining empirical-historical sensitiveness and analytical sharpness, J. Mauricio Domingues has delivered a pathbreaking book: an indispensable reference for all those interested in understanding Latin America's role in global modernity"

    Sérgio Costa, Sociologist at the University of Flensburg

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