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    David Lehmann(Author)

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In this wide-ranging history of Latin American thought since the 1930s, David Lehmann sets out to integrate three topical areas of considerable importance to the modern history of Latin America: the intellectual currents of social science; the renovation of Catholic thought and practice; and the emergence of popular social movements. Concentrating on Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, he provides an intellectual history of the past forty years and follows the fate of the generations whose ideas—in economics, politics, and religion—became the most influential in the developing world.

In terms accessible to people unfamiliar with the details of modern Latin American history, Lehmann explains the origins of dependency theory, the disappointing effects of import-substitution, the rise of Liberation Theology, the nature of grassroots politics, as well as a variety of other schools of thought and the audiences to which they have been addressed. The book also offers an up-to-date analysis of the many social movements that have proliferated in Latin America, in the context of unprecedented repression and economic crisis.

Lehmann concludes by distilling from these social movements and the ideologies they have inspired a non-utopian contribution to the idea of democratic development: a basismo, or grassroots agenda for the reinvention of civil societies on the verge of disintegration and states on the verge of bankruptcy. His book will be indispensable for anyone concerned with the politics, sociology, and economics of development.

The integration of three considerable topics for modern Latin American history

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  • PDF | 245 pages
  • David Lehmann(Author)
  • Temple University Press; 1st edition (April 16, 1990)
  • English
  • 5
  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By A customer on January 3, 2001

    The book tries to approach too much, and does it badly. The author clearly shows his many interests (and, indeed, some degree of knowledge) on a multimplicity of topics within the economics, politics, and religion of Latin America. But it forcibly tries to link issues, to make links and relations appear where they simply do not exist. Religion comes up here and there as part of the equation, but the author seems to be the only one to see such a relation, which he is simply unable to substantiate. Research is poor, much overwhelmed by the author's own personal views. This is not a good academic book. It is also badly written, and makes no enjoyable reading.


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