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Volume One                                                                   Winter 1998-Spring 1999                                                               Numbers 3-4.

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     THE NON-MODERN CONDITION: SOCIETIES WITH­OUT SOCIOLOGY?

 

      Emilio Ichikawa Morin

     Grupo Minverva

     Biblioteca nacional

     Plaza de la Revolución

     Ciudad de La Habana, CUBA

     Published online: December 15, 2016

 

 

 

     ABSTRACT

 

This article makes a theoretical claim that modern social theory, which originated in Europe and grew out of the En­lightenment project, is not relevant to explain the condition of social life in most of Latin America.  Because Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Karl Marx theorized transitions to modernity, primarily in Europe, their contributions have only limited explanatory value in large parts of the world.  Sociology as the "science of moderni­ty," especially its critical theoretical appli­cability, is better seen as an instrument of liberation from both tradi­tional illiteracy and the neo-illiteracy of the Hemisphere (not merely the southern half of the hemisphere) today.

 

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