The Dialectics of Marginalization. Inequality and Difference
The “cultural turn” in the social sciences and anthropology claims the merit of recognizing “difference” as a basic concept. The subsequent overcoming of a Eurocentric point of view is of immense value, especially for heterogeneous societies such as Latin America. Nevertheless, the merely culturalistic point of view runs the risk of ignoring the causes of particular kinds of undesirable differences, such as socioeconomic marginality. Still, it is conceivably possible to overcome socioeconomic marginality without destroying cultural difference: This prospect is to be found in the concept of civil society, as it combines a political/sociological (and hence potentially socioeconomic) analysis with a cultural one.