The Other Mirror: Grand Theory through the Lens of Latin America / Edition 1

The Other Mirror: Grand Theory through the Lens of Latin America / Edition 1

by Miguel Angel Centeno
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691050171

ISBN-13: 9780691050171

Pub. Date: 12/11/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

If social science's "cultural turn" has taught us anything, it is that knowledge is constrained by the time and place in which it is produced. In response, scholars have begun to reassess social theory from the standpoints of groups and places outside of the European context upon which most grand theory is based. Here a distinguished group of scholars reevaluates

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If social science's "cultural turn" has taught us anything, it is that knowledge is constrained by the time and place in which it is produced. In response, scholars have begun to reassess social theory from the standpoints of groups and places outside of the European context upon which most grand theory is based. Here a distinguished group of scholars reevaluates widely accepted theories of state, property, race, and economics against Latin American experiences with a two-fold purpose. They seek to deepen our understanding of Latin America and the problems it faces. And, by testing social science paradigms against a broader variety of cases, they pursue a better and truly generalizable map of the social world.

Bringing universal theory into dialogue with specific history, the contributors consider what forms Latin American variations of classical themes might take and which theories are most useful in describing Latin America. For example, the Argentinian experience reveals the limitations of neoclassical descriptions of economic development, but Charles Tilly's emphasis on the importance of war and collective action to statemaking holds up well when thoughtfully adapted to Latin American situations. Marxist structural analysis is problematic in a region where political divisions do not fully expresses class cleavages, but aspects of Karl Polanyi's socioeconomic theory cross borders with relative ease.

This fresh theoretical discussion expands the scope of Latin American studies and social theory, bringing the two into an unprecedented conversation that will benefit both. Contributors are, in addition to the editors, Jeremy Adelman, Jorge I. Domínguez, Paul Gootenberg, Alan Knight, Robert M. Levine, Claudio Lomnitz, John Markoff, Verónica Montecinos, Steven C. Topik, and J. Samuel Valenzuela.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691050171
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/11/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE ix

CONTRIBUTORS xi

INTRODUCTION: Miguel Angel Centeno and Fernando Lopez-Alves

PART I: Creating an Economy 25

CHAPTER ONE Jeremy Adelman: Institutions, Property, and Economic Development in Latin America 27

CHAPTER TWO Paul Gootenberg: Hijos of Dr. Gerschenkron: "Latecomer" Conceptions in Latin American Economic History 55

CHAPTER THREE Steven Topik: Karl Polanyi and the Creation of the "Market Society" 81

CHAPTER FOUR Veronica Montecinos and John Markoff: From the Power of Economic Ideas to the Power of Economists 105

PART II: The State and Democracy 151

CHAPTER FIVE Fernando Lopez-Alves: The Transatlantic Bridge: Mirrors, Charles Tilly, and State Formation in the River Plate 153

CHAPTER SIX Alan Knight: The Modern Mexican State: Theory and Practice 177

CHAPTER SEVEN Jorge I. Dominguez: Samuel Huntington and the Latin American State 219

CHAPTER EIGHT J. Samuel Valenzuela: Class Relations and Democratization: A Reassessment of Barrington Moore's Model 240

PART III: Living and Belonging 287

CHAPTER NINE Miguel Angel Centeno: The Disciplinary Society in Latin America 289

CHAPTER TEN Robert M. Levine: Michel de Certeau and Latin America 309

CHAPTER ELEVEN Claudio Lomnitz: Nationalism as a Practical System: Benedict Anderson's Theory of Nationalism from the Vantage Point of Spanish America 329

INDEX 361

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