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The foundation of sociology in Latin America: comparative analysis of Brazilian, Argentine and Mexican cases (1930-1970)

Grant number: 14/11268-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): January 11, 2015
Effective date (End): March 10, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal researcher:Luiz Carlos Jackson
Grantee:Luiz Carlos Jackson
Host: Jose Hernandez Prado
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco (UAM Azcapotzalco), Mexico  


This project aims at an extension of my previous line of research, focusing on a comparison between the initial processes of institutionalization of sociology in Brazil and Argentina. These were probably the most successful cases of implementation of the subject in Latin America, based initiatives conceived and implemented nationally. However, other cases must be taken into account to achieve a more comprehensive and nuanced view of such phenomena. In this direction, the cases of Mexico and Chile are fundamental experiences to be explored. The step to be taken in the coming years involves delving deep into the Mexican experience, in contrast to the Brazilian and Argentine cases. The comparison has to be developed as a reference periods Foundation (1930-1970), inscribed in broader processes of institutionalization of sociology, elapsed throughout the twentieth century in nearly all America Latina. What would have been the constraints and key features the initial experience of institutionalization of sociology in Mexico (apparently less successful compared to the Argentine and Brazilian cases)? The dimensions to be mobilized in the analysis refer mainly to academic structures and modes of intellectual life in each case vary according to (a) the forms of organization developed academic (universities, colleges, schools, institutes); (b) the social recruitment of teachers and students; (c) relations with the political sphere; (d) frictions with existing intellectual traditions, (e) relations with other disciplines, (f) the relative weight of national and transnational vectors of institutionalization. (AU)

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