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Polis (Santiago)

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FOLLARI, Roberto. Social sciences in the current crossroads. Polis [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.41, pp.147-157. ISSN 0718-6568.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-65682015000200010.

Social sciences are slow to take up relevant issues: thus, security, drug trafficking, media culture, even neopopulism and current Latin American governments are topics where theoretical and empirical development is far below from what is needed. At the same time, positions, such asWallerstein’s, have warned aboutepistemological problems that result from taking the State/Nation as a unit of social analysis. In doing so -when replacing the system/world as an object-appear severe problems that also expressthemselves in the limitations onhaving warnedaboutthe reasons for the failure of socialisms in their concrete historical realizations. The overcoming of these problems appearin Wallersteinless clear than his diagnosis: proposals such as interdisciplineappear in this case are poorly founded and very close to common sense, losing in them even the critical-ideological edge subtending the positions of an author who works within Marxism.

Palabras clave : social sciences; Wallerstein; State/Nation; socialism; interdisciplinary studies.

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