Larissa Lomnitz




Instituto de Matematicas Aplicadas y Sistemas

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Ciudad Universitaria

Delegacion Alvaron Obregon

Ap. Postal 20-726

Mexico DF 01000

Phone: (52-5) 622-35-94



Professor Larissa Adler-Lomnitz, sociologist, University of Mexico, Mexico

(Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Ibero-American, 1974)



Larissa Lomnitz has written seven books in Spanish; five of them have been translated into English. In most of them, she deals with network analysis. Her first book (Como sobreviven los marginado), published in 1974, has had 15 editions. In English its tittle is Networks and Marginality, and it is about the urban poor in Mexico and their survival mechanisms through social networks. After that, together with Marisol Perez-Lizaur, she wrote An Elite Family of Mexico, published by Princeton University Press. It is about a family enterprise, kinship structure and social networks in the process of industrialization in Mexico. For some years she studied at the National University of Mexico in order to study the Mexican middle class and wrote two books and several papers on it. The books are Becoming a Scientist in Mexico, and La Nueva Clase en Mexico: el caso de los veterinarios. After that she did some field-wok in Chile and wrote The Chilean Middle Class and its Struggle for Survival in Face of Neo-Liberalism. Through studying politics at the university she became interested in political anthropology and "the New Class". As a result, she wrote several papers which are included in a book called Redess sociales, cultura y poder and a book, Chilean Political Culture and its Parties, first published in Spanish and then in English. She is full professor at the National University of Mexico (Institute of Applied mathematics), and has been invited to teach and give seminars at various universities such as Columbia, The University of Chicago, The American University; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Wissenschaftskollegg at Berlin, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Paris 3. In 1997, she was appointed an Honorary Doctor by the University of Mass. (Amherst) "for her distinguished contributions to Latin America's social science".