By Samir Amin
Publish yr note: First released in 2006
Samir Amin, one of many 20th century's top radical intellectuals, has lived his own and political lifestyles on the intersection of assorted cultures and overseas revolutionary currents - from Egypt to France to West Africa, from communism to national-liberation socialism, Maoism and at last a mature anti-imperialism.
His memoirs should not just a attention-grabbing own narrative yet a penetrating historical-political research, in addition to an creation to his most crucial theoretical contributions. they provide a distinct vantage element for watching the operations of worldwide capitalism and the evolution, crises and prospects of radical activities, in particular within the 3rd global.
This ebook might be priceless not just to readers drawn to Amin's profoundly influential paintings or within the background of the worldwide left yet to an individual eager about today's around the globe struggles opposed to capitalist globalization.
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Is it actually a concept that attempts only to capture some important changes in the contemporary world, but does not say how these have come about? In other words, is globalisation a concept concerned with a series of broadly related outcomes or processes, but which actually has little to say about agencies that lead these outcomes and processes? Giddens’s approach closely parallels these problems. For him, globalisation is an established fact, and attempts to opt out of it are based on fundamentalist and reactionary politics.
15 But it is not at all clear that ‘globalisation’ can take the credit for this development. To argue that ‘globalisation’ is responsible for poverty decline since the early 1950s is meaningless. What is it precisely about globalisation that has led to poverty reduction? Who or what are the agents of globalisation and poverty reduction? In other words, the concept of globalisation is developed at such a high level of abstraction in this account as to tell us little. More useful would be accounts that examined the role of the state, aid agencies, and international markets, and how these have changed over time.