The Latin American Council of Social Sciences and Contemporary Latin American Thought
by Marcos Antonio da Silva ad Lucimara Inácio do Prado da Silva
[Latin American Perspectives is pleased to present this overview of important book series published by the Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (Latin American Council of Social Sciences—CLACSO), the preeminent Latin American organization for critical research and publication, which shares LAP’s commitment to socially engaged scholarship that contributes to economic and social justice and the deepening of democracy. LAP, along with the University of California, Riverside, which hosts its office, became CLACSO’s first U.S. affiliate in 2008. Its collaboration with CLACSO has included an issue on hegemony in January 2007 with articles by members of CLACSO’s working group on the United States and more recently the inauguration of an annual volume of Latin American Perspectives en Español y Português published by CLACSO. The first issue of the series is Buscando alternativas políticas y económicas, featuring selected articles published in LAP from July 2015 to July 2016.]
Despite recent advances largely derived from literature, Latin American thought and reality remain unknown to most in our society. This lack of awareness, which has among others historical, political, cultural, and economic bases, establishes what the Brazilian thinker Francisco de Oliveira has called “invisible boundaries” that have always been more subtle, profound, and effective than the official ones.1 Important thinkers pursuing Latin America’s distinctive intellectual production and development (Mariátegui, Dussel, and Quijano, among others) have emerged over the past two centuries and achieved relevance worldwide. Nevertheless, with very few exceptions Latin American social thought continues to be unknown or ignored or, worse, considered irrelevant to the problems of the contemporary world.
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