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Latin America in the Twenty-First Century: Toward a New Sociopolitical Matrix

Manuel Antonio Garretón, Marcelo Cavarozzi, Peter Cleaves, Gary Gereffi, and Jonathan Hartlyn
Latin America in the Twenty-First Century: Toward a New Sociopolitical Matrix
ISBN: 978-1-57454-106-9
ISBN: 978-1-57454-104-5
2003/150 pages
Distributed for the North-South Center Press

"Demonstrates the interactive and mutually reinforcing character of contemporary social, cultural, economic, and political changes in Latin America. Political scientists, sociologists, economists, historians, and even anthropologists with an interest in Latin America will undoubtedly give it attention."—Ken Roberts, University of New Mexico


The myriad changes affecting contemporary Latin America in the context of a globalizing world are so far reaching, argue the authors of Latin America in the Twenty-First Century, that understanding them requires both new conceptual tools and multidisciplinary analysis. In response to this need, they explore developments in the region in terms of four central processes: the construction of political democracies, social democratization, the reinserting of Latin American economies in the world system, and the creation of a new model of modernity that encompasses both globalization and cultural identities.


Manuel Antonio Garretón is director of the Instituto de Asuntos Publicos, Universidad de Chile. Peter S. Cleaves is with the AVINA Foundation. Marcelo Cavarozzi is professor of politics and government at the Universidad Nacional de General San Martín. Jonathan Hartlyn is Kenneth J. Reckford Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gary Gereffi is professor of sociology at Duke University.


  • Introduction.
  • Sociopolitical Matrix.
  • Characteristics of the Statist-National-Popular Sociopolitical Matrix.
  • The New World In Context.
  • Political, Social, and Cultural Challenges.
  • Toward a Matrix Change.
  • A New Sociopolitical Matrix?