Dissertation Abstracts

Changes in the Publishing Field in Brazil and Argentina: Practices and Representations from Independent Publishers (1991-2010)

Author: Muniz Jr, José S, jmunizjr@gmail.com
Department: Department of Sociology
University: University of São Paulo, Brazil
Supervisor: Sergio Miceli Pessôa de Barros
Year of completion: In progress
Language of dissertation: Portuguese

Keywords: publishing , books , Latin America
Areas of Research: Communication, Knowledge and Culture , Comparative Sociology , Institutional Ethnography


This research discusses the configuration of the Brazilian and Argentinian publishing fields in the 1990s and 2000s, in a comparative perspective, by focusing on the practices and representations from independent publishers. The goal of the research is to understand how the space of disputes among the book publishing houses in both countries changed with the process of democratization and the entry of foreign capital in the publishing sector. Given such a context, how did independent publishers position themselves? The methodology is qualitative and quantitative; it includes: the mapping of the book publishing sector in both countries; the investigation of trajectories, relationships, and position-takings in the independent publishing subfield; and semi-structured interviews with a sample of agents from that universe.

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