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Author: Sergio Quintero

This article takes a journey through history to demonstrate the defining role of social and political conditions on the professionalisation of social work in Latin America. An analysis is made of the influence of the Catholic Church, showing the transition from classic conservative thought towards conservative modernisation and up to aggiornamento and Liberation Theology. Some specific features of the case of Colombia are presented, highlighting the experience of Camilo Torres and Golconda. Through documentary qualitative analysis the influence of the critical renewal of the Catholic Church on Reconceptualisation can be seen, clearly demonstrating the incorporation of a certain degree of Marxism that excludes a critique of political economy.

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