This Article focuses on the sociological strand of Latin American legalism. It forefronts its support of national governance projects through cultural assimilation to Europe. Specifically, it examines the perspective of legalism's least conservative supporters. While most research on Latin American law demonstrates the influence of doctrinalists, this account highlights the antiformalist and sociological influence. Notwithstanding its claims to relativism and contextualism, sociological jurisprudence actually reinforces the project of cultural assimilation. In the name of liberal democracy, Latin American particularity is substituted, even by its defenders, for the aspiration to European society.
Jorge L. Esquirol,
The Fictions of Latin American Law(Part I)
, 1997 Utah L. Rev. 425
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