Latin American Social and Political Thought

A Historical and Analytical Perspective

Authored by: José Maurício Domingues , Aurea Mota

Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory

Print publication date:  March  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415548250
eBook ISBN: 9780203875575
Adobe ISBN: 9781135997946


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Latin American thinkers have been especially concerned with the relation between the subcontinent and the West, in particular with modernity, since the nineteenth century (Zéa 1976). To a great extent the problem remains, since the peculiar position of ‘Latin’ America – a term problematic in itself – has always been ambiguous: it emerged with Western expansion and is tied to the West in many ways, without being really Western. A question asked by some authors has been also, conversely, how Latin America has been important to the development, institutions and imaginary of modern Europe (Dussel 1996 [1993], 2008 [2006]; Aguilar Rivera 2000).

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