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FERREIRA, Leila da Costa et al. Environmental issues, interdisciplinarity, social theory and intellectual production in Latin America. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2006, vol.9, n.2, pp.9-24. ISSN 1414-753X.

While dealing with both interdisciplinarity and environment and society area as fields that harbor scientific contentions regarding ideas, practices, institutions and habitus (Bourdieu), this paper aims at providing an account of the multifaceted processes implied in the institutionalization of environmental concerns in Latin-American academia and research centers. The paper discusses the extent to which one can legitimately talk about "a Latin- American scientific specificity", supposedly resulting from peculiar theoretical approaches or even from particular socio-environmental features (such as widespread poverty and high rates of social inequality, along with unparalleled levels of biodiversity). Last but not least, the paper seeks to draw a sort of thematic map (via bibliographical review) as well as a consideration of the levels of scientific institutionalization of environmental issues in six different research centers located in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay and Brazil.

Palavras-chave : Environmental sociology in Latin America; social theory; interdisciplinarity.

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