Revista de Estudios Sociales
Print version ISSN 0123-885X
DE ZUBIRIA SAMPER, Sergio. THE UNIVERSITY, CRISIS, AND NATION IN LATIN AMERICA. rev.estud.soc. [online]. 2007, n.26, pp. 148-157. ISSN 0123-885X.
This article provides an overview of both the problems and dilemmas that weigh heavy on the Western university. It begins with a broad historical overview and then focuses on critical moments that have caused important transformations within the institution of higher education. Finally, the article explores the Western university in the contemporary period, emphasizing the situation in Latin America. The work is located within the theoretical framework of two important scholars: José Joaquín Brunner and Boaventura de Sousa Santos. The main goal of the article is to introduce readers to past and present milestones in the history of the Western university. It also seeks to contribute to public debate-still unaddressed-on what the character and role of Latin American universities should be.
Keywords : The university; the West; Latin America; education; crisis.