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Cultura y política en América Latina

Author(s): Nelson Acosta Espinosa

Journal: Espacio Abierto
ISSN 1315-0006

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2002;
Original page

Keywords: Political culture | Latin America | social capital.

The relationship between two civilization-based dimensions are analyzed: cultural forms and political expressions. References to theoretical contributions by Emile Durkheim and Max Weber in relation to this theme are made. In a similar manner the debate over theses themes in the theory of transition (Gino Germani and Torcuato Di Tella) is reviewed, along with the contents of the book edited by Lawrence Harrison and Samuel Huntington: Cultural Matters: How values Shape Human Progress. Special attention is given to the social capital concept. Likewise the relationship between universalism and particularism is discussed in terms of the contemporary debate carried on in modern political philosophy. Finally an explanatory hypothesis is formulated concerning the Venezuelan political situation.
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