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Latin American LawyersA Historical Introduction$
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Rogelio Perez-Perdomo

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804751261

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804751261.001.0001

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Lawyers and the Construction of Nations

Lawyers and the Construction of Nations

(p.49) Chapter 3 Lawyers and the Construction of Nations
Latin American Lawyers
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This chapter analyzes the role of lawyers and of the law as an academic discipline in the construction of nation-states. It deals with the period covering two moments in the history of Latin America: 1830 and 1950. The analysis focuses on only those countries that have produced relevant literature: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela along with mention of other countries for which limited information was found. The first section describes the institutional and political context in which the life of lawyers developed. The second section analyzes their intellectual formation—the production and transmission of legal knowledge. The third presents background on demographics and employment history. The fourth addresses lawyers' involvement in political and legal roles.

Keywords:   Latin America, nation-states, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, legal knowledge

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