In this book, rewned author Jose Mauricio Domingues places Latin America within the third phase of global modern civilization and offers a general theoretical approach to contemporary Latin America. He sees modernity as configured by episodic modernizing moves which, when counting on strong identity and organization as well as clear-cut projects, may assume the aspect of modernizing offensives. Highlighting subjects as law, rights and justice as well as globalization and development, Dominguez places Latin America in the uneven, combined and contradictory development of modern civilization and offers a final assessment of its possibilities and limits. The book will be of interest to researchers and students of modernity, globalization, Latin America, sociological theory and its key concepts.
Dominguez is Executive Director of Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute (IUPERJ) and a member of the International Editorial Board of The European Journal of Social Theory. He has published extensively on social and sociological theory and on the sociology of modernity and Latin America; books include: Sociological Theory and Collective Subjectivity (1995), Social Creativity, Collective Subjectivity and Contemporary Modernity (2000), Do ocidente a modernidade. Intelectuais e mudanca social (2003), Estudos de sociologia (2004), Modernity Reconstructed (2006), and Aproximacoes a America Latina (2007).