Confronting the Catastrophes of Modernity: The Cultural Sociology of José Joaquín Brunner

  • Hernán Vidal


José Joaquín Brunner is one of a small number of cultural sociologists in Chile, but he is undoubtedly the most widely known and the one who has carried out the most extensive work of critical analysis amongst his contemporaries since the military coup of 11 September 1973. He is also the one who has most frequently used the term ‘postmodernity’ as a point of entry into the debate on Chilean and Latin American culture in recent decades. His name is associated with that of other Socialist intellectuals in the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) such as Tomás Moulián, Manuel Antonio Garretón, Norbert Lechner and Augusto Varas, who from within Chile participated in the so-called ‘Socialist renovation’. Today he occupies the ministerial post of Government Secretary-General in President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle’s administration.


Cultural Politics Dependency Theory Military Regime Culture Series Military Coup 
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