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Modernization, Exploitation and Dependency in Latin America (Paperback)
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Modernization, Exploitation and Dependency in Latin America (Paperback)

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Paperback 215 Pages / Published: 06/02/1976
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Scholarly discussion of the fate of the Third World has long been domi-nated by North American and European authors. Yet in recent years the writings of Third World social scientists have often been creative, and are worthy of more attention in the United States. This book makes the work of three outstanding Latin American sociologists readily available to the English-reading public: Gino Germani of Argentina (who has moved to Harvard University); Pablo Gonzalez Casanova of Mexico; and Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil. Their major writings are summarized, and then interpreted in the context of material from extensive interviews with the authors. In these interviews, the authors explain the events--personal, professional, and political--that have had major influence on their thought.

Their views range from Germani's synthesis of orthodox European and American sociology, as adapted to his detailed empirical studies of the modernization of Argentina and other countries in this hemisphere, through Gonzalez Casanova's interpretation of the forces of exploitation, internal as well as external, that dominate the Mexican political system, to Cardoso's influential revisions of Marxist theory to deal with the basic situation of dependency that shapes the range of options open to the Latin American countries, especially Brazil. These "inside" views of the devel-opment process often sharply diverge from the dominant opinions among "outsiders." By understanding the differences, readers in the United States can gain direct insight into Latin American social reality, and can find ways of improving North American social science by bringing to the surface some unstated assumptions.

One theme common to all three authors is their concern with issues that arise from policy debates: they focus on questions of practical import, rather than abstruse theoretical models. Yet they use sophisticated tools of social science that go beyond ideological rhetoric, and thus discipline political argument with scholarly rigor.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9780878555840
Number of pages: 215
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 230 x 152 mm


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"Drawing from personal interviews, plus a careful review of their written work . . . Joseph Kahl has presented a lucid, evenhanded, and thorough account of three major contributors to a body of thought many have come to know as the 'new sociology' of Latin America. . . . The relevance of Kahl's book is precisely in its bringing to light some of the major statements Latin Americans have made in their struggle . . . to provide such an explanation. . . . I must commend this book to the general student of Latin American political economy and society, and to those who might be in search of a good secondary theoretical work for a course in development."

--Ira Studin, Contemporary Sociology


"Drawing from personal interviews, plus a careful review of their written work . . . Joseph Kahl has presented a lucid, evenhanded, and thorough account of three major contributors to a body of thought many have come to know as the 'new sociology' of Latin America. . . . The relevance of Kahl's book is precisely in its bringing to light some of the major statements Latin Americans have made in their struggle . . . to provide such an explanation. . . . I must commend this book to the general student of Latin American political economy and society, and to those who might be in search of a good secondary theoretical work for a course in development."

--Ira Studin, Contemporary Sociology


-Drawing from personal interviews, plus a careful review of their written work . . . Joseph Kahl has presented a lucid, evenhanded, and thorough account of three major contributors to a body of thought many have come to know as the 'new sociology' of Latin America. . . . The relevance of Kahl's book is precisely in its bringing to light some of the major statements Latin Americans have made in their struggle . . . to provide such an explanation. . . . I must commend this book to the general student of Latin American political economy and society, and to those who might be in search of a good secondary theoretical work for a course in development.-

--Ira Studin, Contemporary Sociology

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