Fernanda Beigel's edited volume The Politics of Academic Autonomy in Latin America constitutes a formidable example of genuine editorial involvement and collaborative scholarly commitment. Starting with an inspirational introduction by the editor herself, the individual contributors—all recognized experts in their respective fields of specialization—manage to capture the reader's attention all the way through the book's four thematic sections: “The Institutionalization of Research and Professional Training in Latin America: Peripheral Centers, Academic Diplomacy, and Scientific Missions” (chapters 1 to 4), “International Cooperation, Foreign Aid, and Academic Mobility” (chapters 5 to 7), “Politicization versus Professionalization?” (chapters 8 to 10), and “The Contraction of Academic Autonomy” (chapters 11 to 13).

Section 1 offers an intriguing panorama of milestones in the institutionalization of the social sciences in a number of Latin American countries, most notably Argentina, Chile, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil and Mexico. It...

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