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Class History And Class Practices In The Periphery Of Capitalism


  • Paul Zarembka
    (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)


Only after World War II did scholars move to theorize the distinction between the core countries at the center of capitalism and peripheral countries, often with an added distinction to include the semi-peripheral. Immanuel Wallerstein's World Systems approach has been particularly important and led "periphery" into common scholarly parlance. Much work remains to untangle the political economies and resistances against the multidimensional cruelties perpetrated with the world’s very different peripheral contexts. The first chapter lays a theoretical groundwork by showing that Marx, in later life, became aware that historical developments are much more complicated than originally conceived and he was close to calling for site-specific analyses. Contributions here carry out analyses for Russia, Portugal, Argentina, and Mexico, offer broader perspectives on post-hegemonic Latin America and Asia, provide detailed analyses of resistances across Africa, and reflect on the deeper meaning of neozapatismo. Rich in theoretical depth and empirical rigor, and supplemented by a translation of Karl Katusky's theory of crises, this book provides essential reading for students and scholars of political economy and is of keen interest to anyone working to resist specific capitalist exploitations in their own place and time.

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  • Paul Zarembka (ed.), 2019. "Class History And Class Practices In The Periphery Of Capitalism," RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY, Paul Zarembka, volume 34, number volm34a, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpe:volume:volm34a

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    Capitalism; periphery; Wallerstein; World Systems; Marx; Russia; Portugal; Argentina; Mexico; Latin America; resistance; Africa; antisystemic; zapatista; neozapatismo; Kautsky; Crisis; Tugan-Baranovsky;
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    JEL classification:

    • B1 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925
    • B3 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals
    • B5 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches
    • F5 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy
    • F6 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization
    • N0 - Economic History - - General
    • N4 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics


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