Postcolonial Reconstruction: A Sociological Reading of Octavio Paz

  • Oliver Kozlarek

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Oliver Kozlarek
    Pages 43-70
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 71-76

About this book


This book presents a close reading of the work of the Mexican writer and Nobel Prize Laureate, Octavio Paz. It does so from the specific perspective of sociology and the more general perspective of the social sciences. The book identifies opportunities for relating Paz’ sociological ideas to contemporary debates, arguing that Paz’ sociology is linked very closely to his assessment of what could be called the post-colonial condition that Mexico has been experiencing. The book thus advances the understanding of the differences between post-colonial experiences in Latin America and those of other areas of the world. In addition to revealing Paz’ sociology, the book focuses on Modernity and examines Paz’ critique of Modernity and his “project of Modernity”. It shows that a close examination of the works of Octavio Paz helps redefine Modernity from a Latin American perspective as an experience in which the global and local are intertwined, and helps to point in the direction of a new kind of humanism.


Deprovincializing Social Theory Academic Sociology in Mexico Theory of Mdoernization Culture of Humanism Sociology of Octavio Paz Experience of Postcolonial Modernity in Mexico Collège de Sociologie and the Heterological Sociology Epistemological Dimension of Poetic Experience Poetic Sociology of Global Modernity Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council Postcolonial Deconstruction and Postcolonial Reconstruction Geopolitical Distribution of Power Sociological Ideas of Octavio Paz contemporary Debates on the Sociology of Octavio Paz Postcolonial Experiences in Latin America Project of Modernity

Authors and affiliations

  • Oliver Kozlarek
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Investigaciones FilosóficasUniversidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de HidalgoMoreliaMexico

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