UCL Institute of the Americas


New book in the Studies of the Americas Series: Socio-Political Histories of Lat Am Statistics

26 April 2022

Socio-Political Histories of Latin American Statistics

We would like to announce the publication of a new book from SpringerLink/Palgrave Macmillan, ‘Socio-Political Histories of Latin American Statistics, edited by Cecilia Lanata-Briones, Andrés Estefane and Claudia Jorgelina Daniel. This title is part of the Studies of the Americas Series.

This book brings together recent research on the sociopolitical history of Latin American statistics from the nineteenth to the first half of the twentieth century. Reflecting the influence of social constructivism in the social sciences, it sheds new light on the historical emergence and development of both statistical reasoning and practices within a region traditionally seen as a passive consumer of foreign-produced theories and methods. By analysing the early enthusiasm for enumerating reality and the processes of institutionalisation of statistics in different national spaces, from Mexico to the Southern Cone, these studies show the ways in which Latin America adapted and used this modern tool of government and social classification to build political regimes and scientific arenas. The volume offers valuable insights into the divergent regional trajectories of this discipline, advancing towards an understanding of statistics and its past from a truly global perspective.

For more information on this title and to purchase it directly from SpringerLink, please click on this link.

About the editors:

Cecilia T. Lanata-Briones is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK, and Adjunct Researcher of the Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Políticas Públicas, Argentina.

Andrés Estefane is an independent researcher based in Santiago, Chile; he received his Ph.D. in History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA.

Claudia Jorgelina Daniel is Adjunct Researcher at CONICET based in the Centro de Investigaciones Sociales, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

About the Studies of the Americas Series

The Studies of the Americas Series includes country specific, cross-disciplinary and comparative research on the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, particularly in the areas of Politics, Economics, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Development, Gender, Social Policy and the Environment. The series publishes monographs, readers on specific themes and also welcomes proposals for edited collections, that allow exploration of a topic from several different disciplinary angles. This series is published in conjunction with University College London’s Institute of the Americas under the editorship of Professor Maxine Molyneux.


Link to the book publisher's webpage

Studies of the Americas Series website

Professor Maxine Molyneux | academic profile


Book cover showing a collage artistic renditions of maps of the American continent, with the book and series titles and logos, and the editors' names