América Latina moderna? by Jorge Larraín

By Jorge Larraín

Este libro de Jorge Larraín explora de manera sistemática las relaciones entre modernidad, globalización, neoliberalismo e identidad en América Latina. El objetivo es contestar algunas preguntas pendientes que no han sido suficientemente analizadas y dilucidar algunas confusiones conceptuales que se han ido difundiendo.

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The more we seek to apply a range of different perspectives in attempting to interpret social forces and their meanings, the greater will be our understanding of our own behavior as well as the behavior of others. With such understanding comes the potential for greater personal freedom from social pressures. Consider divorce, for example. Social research reveals many factors in modern society that promote marital failure. Divorce is more likely to occur among couples who share particular characteristics: low levels of education, early marriages, premarital pregnancies, or living arrangements with parents.

Sociologists work from two distinct levels of analysis: They study the interaction of people “within” groups (microsociology) and they research the “intersection” of groups as a whole (macrosociology). ” Macro research focuses on entire groups. Microanalysis investigates the relationships within groups. Macro views from a distance, micro from close range (Helle and Eisentadt 1985a, 1985b; Scheff 1990; A. H. Hawley 1992). Suppose for the moment that social structures are directly observable as tangible objects and that we are cruising at 20,000 feet at the controls of Sociologist One.

Sociology (2) effects of slavery on family stability ____ c. history (3) relationship between voting and the family ____ d. political science (4) effects of early marriage on divorce ____ e. economics (5) link between early childhood emotional support and familial retardation ____ f. psychology (6) universality of the nuclear family 11 Answers: a. (6); b. (4); c. (2); d. (3); e. (1); f. (5) 12 SOCIOLOGY 1865 and 1880 to challenge the long-standing assumption that slavery destroys the family structure.

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