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Andrzej Sarnacki SJ
Akademia Ignatianum w Krakowie

On the Intentionality of the Latin America Elites

     The process of forming elites in Latin America was different than in Europe. Although they have many common elements, which the concept of the elite assumes, they are often called compradors, which is a pejorative indication of, among others their separation from their own societies. There is no doubt that the elites are fundamentally responsible for the difficult and sometimes dramatic situation of Latin American countries, both because of poverty and violence. The language of the analysis of social sciences often describes it in deterministic terms, while the narrative should be changed to refer to humanistic values, as is the case in Catholic social teaching.

     Keywords: elites of Latin America, formation of elites, narrative of responsibility, affirmative-idealistic narrative

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