Samir Amin: Pioneer of the Rise of the South (SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice)

Samir Amin: Pioneer of the Rise of the South (SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice)

Language: English

Pages: 161

ISBN: 3319011154

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These texts by Samir Amin have been selected for the purpose of encouraging readers to learn more about his work to trace the historical trajectory of capitalism, which has consistently produced polarization at the global level.  Thus the dominated peripheries cannot hope to catch up with the social organization prevailing in the dominant centres and the impossibility of global capitalism becoming stabilized in its peripheries has resulted in the long decline of capitalism, coinciding with successive waves of active involvement by the peoples of the South to shape a new world, potentially embarking on the long journey to socialism.  Amin presents this major conflict of the 20th century and identifies the new challenges that the system now faces in the 21st century.   His analysis is conducted in terms of historical materialism and should be a useful tool for activists struggling for socialism. Their progress is linked to the emancipation of the Asian, African and Latin American peoples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

94 10. 3 Forms of Organisation of Agricultural Production and Land Tenure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 10. 4 Alternative Land Tenure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 10. 4. 1 Agricultural and Food Production, and Land: No Ordinary ‘Merchandise’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 10. 4. 2 Northern Double Standards Towards People of the South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 11 Transnational Capitalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 11. 1 Is Transnational Capitalism in the Process of Emerging?.

This—and not only this—distinguishes him from many of those who hold prominent positions in the Who’s Who of social and development theory, and more recently of world analysis. His lifelong scientific achievements demonstrate a freedom of thinking that has always resisted constraint. 1   This text is based on the laudatio by Prof. Dr. Dieter Senghaas (University of Bremen) on 4 December 2009 in Berlin, where Samir Amin was awarded the Ibn Rushd Prize for Free Thinking. This text was translated from German into English by Hans Günter Brauch and language-edited by Mike Headon, Colwyn Bay, Wales (UK).

But the democratic farce, unchallenged in the opulent societies of the imperialist triad, does not work in the system’s peripheries. There, in the storm zone, the established order does not enjoy any legitimacy sufficient to stabilize society. So, then, does the the possibility of a real alternative reveal itself in the watermark of the paper on which the ‘Southern awakenings’ that characterized the twentieth century, and which go on making their way in the twenty-first century, are written by history?

The tendency towards full employment (which does not exclude but, on the contrary, involves a small margin of permanent unemployment) as well as substantial conjunctural fluctuations of unemployment show how this system functions. The internal transformations of contemporary capitalism have removed the functionality of this adjustment mechanism. The monopolization of capital on the one hand and the organization of workers at the national level on the other, made possible ‘planning’ that was aimed at reducing conjunctural fluctuations.

Capitalismo periferico y comercio internacional, Ediciones Periferia, Buenos Aires, 1974. 6. El desarrollo desigual, ensayo sobre las formaciones sociales del capitalismo periferico, Libros de confrontacion, Barcelona, 1974. 2. 3  Main Books in Spanish 19 7. Elogio del socialismo, El capitalismo: una crisi estructural, Feminismo y lucha de clases (Con Eynard y Stuckey), Ed. Anagrama, Barcelona, 1975. 8. La acumulation en escala mundial, Siglo XXI, Buenos Aires y Mexico, 1975. 9. Sobre la transicion, Ed.

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