Localization of Global Scientific Knowledge – or: How Global Theories Became Local Buzzwords
This presentation will study the process of localization of transnational theories in social sciences in the Ecuadorian university. Social sciences in Ecuador have a history as academic discipline since the 1960s and are marked by several breaks considering the use of theory. The argument here will be that the localization of transnational theories happens in part in the form of buzzword-like categories, such as “North American sociology” or “positivism” and in part via subsummation under already existing theories and non-theoretic values. The result was -at least for a certain time- a contradictory and rebellious re-creation of theory that is the base for nowadays theory-building in Ecuador.