Latin American Societies in Transition

Latin American Societies in Transition

Latin American Societies in Transition

Latin American Societies in Transition

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The vast amount of literature on Latin America appearing during the last few decades testifies to the growing interest North Americans have found in their neighbors to the south. Most of these works focus on historicalpolitical and economic problems, often with little examination of the social structures that shape Latin American societies. Knowledge of demography, rural and urban life, and ethnic and status relationships is critical for understanding the political and economic fabric. In other words, although the author draws on materials from all the social sciences, the frame of reference is sociological. The book presents in an organized form the findings from an ever-growing number of studies about Latin American society. On the basis of this accumulated research it is possible to make some valid generalizations about the societies that now constitute more than half of the population of the Western Hemisphere.

Considering the diversity and constant change in Latin America, it may seem presumptuous to generalize about a score of nations with varying cultural traditions and differing rates of developing. Indeed, an observer must avoid arriving at stereotypical notions about these societies. National, regional, and other subcultural variations are stressed in this book. Yet despite their diversity, Latin American cultures have some features in common.

This book begins with a brief introduction of the political and economic patterns and an examination of Latin America as a social system. The text focuses on social processes and structures as well as the major social institutions. The findings of Latin American, European, and North . . .

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