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Revista argentina de sociología

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ORNELAS DELGADO, Jaime. Hacia Una Teoría Latinoamericana Del Desarrollo. Rev. argent. sociol. [online]. 2009, vol.7, n.12, pp.47-75. ISSN 1669-3248.

The paper presents some reflections about the possibilities which the development offers as a theoritical-pratical concept, capable of allowing the Latin American people to think of themselves, in an environment- of neoliberal globalization- hostile to their interests and finding out the ways that could take them to overcome the actual facet of transition characterised by the tough questionings to the postures of "consensus of Washington" and forges others of different content. The hypothesis which guided the elaboration of the work was that the theorisations of the Latin American thinkers that always have responded to the necessity of finding out the ways of social transformation. Since then, the development- understood sometimes as progress, sometimes like modernisation, some other times like social change and lastly, like merely economic growth-, can be considered one of the articulating concepts of Latin American thought. Consequently, there are some other reflections about the way that the Latin Americans have tried to understand their reality and up to which extent they have brought up their transformation. Above all, the reconceptualisation of development must be done considering the actual facet of capitalism; it is to say, under the conditions of neoliberal globalization and overcoming the slanted visions which consider its economic front only, putting sideways the social dimensions implied in the development. It is, thus, about rethinking and conceptualising the development submitting economic reason to the social reason.

Palabras clave : Development; Latin America; Capitalism; State; Latin American theories of develop.

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