by Esteban Torres, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba-CONICET, Argentina This section of Global Dialogue presents a small sample of theoretical innovations, intellectual itineraries, and future projects from a group of prominent Latin American authors. All of these colleagues work every day to build new theoretical tools for the comprehensive study of Latin America’s social reality and, […]

by Esteban Torres, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba-CONICET, Argentina Major social transformations in world society since the beginning of the twenty-first century are exhausting the two paradigms that governed the development of sociology from its origins until today: the modern paradigm and the anti-modern postmodern paradigm. This issue calls for a paradigm shift. My proposal introduces […]

by José Maurício Domingues, IESP-UERJ, Brazil Political sociology has a strong tradition in Latin America. It has probably been the core strand of Latin American sociology, though certainly not the only one (“culture” has also been important, as well as some older openings to political economy). Political sociology was extended and transformed with the specific […]

by Viviane Brachet-Márquez, El Colegio de México, Mexico In the past, social theory, as practiced in central (as opposed to peripheral) countries has been of a static nature, in the sense of perceiving social order as the absence of widespread conflict, and conflict as evidence of disorder. It has also attempted to become “scientific” by […]

by Sérgio Costa, Free University of Berlin, Germany Sociology under pressure Since its emergence, sociology has had to constantly prove that its results are useful and different from those of neighboring disciplines. Sociology distinguishes itself by its ability to examine social processes by considering their context of origin as well as the meanings that actors […]

by Aldo Mascareño, Centro de Estudios Públicos, Chile In the last five years, my work has been focused on developing a systems theory of complex social crises. Either because the concept of crisis remained indissolubly linked to that of critique since the French Revolution, or because critical theory adopted the difference of crisis and critique […]

by Verónica Gago, Universidad de Buenos Aires-UNSAM-CONICET, Argentina The investigation that I develop in my book Neoliberalism from Below: Baroque Economies and Popular Pragmatics[1] aims to discuss the notion of neoliberalism, how to historicize it in our region, deepen theoretical debates, and trace genealogies based on struggles, with the goal of challenging the idea that […]

by Carmen Ilizarbe, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru The most important political phenomenon so far in the twenty-first century is the notorious depletion and decline – maybe even the eclipse – of the liberal understanding of representative democracy. Although the legitimacy crisis of political parties is a widespread occurrence in the world, it is […]

by Mariana Heredia, Universidad Nacional de San Martín-CONICET, Argentina Growing attention and a faddish debate As poverty rates have held firm or even increased, massive fortunes have accumulated, and new political leaderships have emerged to cause institutional strain, elites have again captured the attention of both academics and the public. They are now the target […]

by Guilherme Leite Gonçalves, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil In what way are law and the development of capitalism related to one another? This question is often answered first and foremost using the normative schema based on the distinction and friction between capitalism and democracy. Two views emerge from this thesis: Firstly, the available […]