312 pages | 12 B/W Illus.
In the form of a sociological pilgrimage, this book approaches some topics essential to understanding the role of science in Latin America, juxtaposing several approaches and exploring three main lines: First, the production and use of knowledge in these countries, viewed from a historical and sociological point of view; second, the reciprocal construction of scientific and public problems, presented through significant cases such as Latin American Chagas Disease; and third, the past and present asymmetries affecting the relationships between centers and peripheries in scientific research. These topics show the paradox of being at the same time "modern" and "peripheral."
1. On Peripheral Modernities, Scientific Development, Complexities, and How to Approach Them
2. Studying Scientific Development from Latin America: Problems of Definition, Levels of Analysis, and Concepts
3. Social and Scientific Problems—A View from the History of Science: Chagas Disease as a Model (Part 1)
4. Three Theoretical Divertimentos: Chagas Disease as a Model (Part 2)
5. Rowing Against the Tide? New Research Fields in Peripheral Contexts: Molecular Biology from the Pioneers to the New Genomics (1957–2017)
6. Controversies on the Periphery: To Treat or Not to Treat (Chronic Chagas Disease Patients)?
7. Centers and Peripheries Revisited—Internationalization of Latin American Science: From "Bricoleur" Scientists to the International Division of Scientific Work
8. Globalization or Neo-Imperialism?: Latin American Science in the Era of Globalization
9. International Scientific Collaborations at the End of the World: Local Resources and Global Research in Tierra del Fuego